Arrest in shooting of Atlanta policeman from roof

March 23, 2012 - 10:15 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a man has been arrested in the shooting of a city officer who they say was targeted from a nearby rooftop.

The officer was shot in the leg as he left a restaurant on Thursday night in Little Five Points, a busy dining and entertainment district.

Police said Friday they arrested 19-year-old Cameron Christian Maddox. He is being held on an aggravated assault charge.

Investigators believe the shooter waited for the Officer Dexter Toomer to come out of the restaurant, then fired six to seven shots.

An officer nearby heard the gunfire, rushed over to the fallen officer and radioed for help, police said.

Toomer was treated at a hospital and released. Police say they were not releasing a motive.