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Suspect accused of Tasing officers recovering after being shot

AUSTELL, Ga. -- An Austell man shot by police after he allegedly attacked officers with a Taser is recovering at a hospital.

The incident happened Sunday around 10:25 a.m. at a home in the 2700 block of Whitewater Court in Austell. Officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Police told Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents that the man, identified as 31-year-old Timothy Duffy, became agitated as officers talked with him. His behavior continue to escalate, police said, and he then allegedly attacked an officer. An officer fired a Taser at Duffy. During the struggle, Duffy managed to take a Taser from one of the officers and fired it, hitting the officer multiple times, police said.

At least one officer was Tased multiple times; two other officers fired at and hit the suspect. In a written release, the GBI said Duffy continued to attack and refused to drop the Taser.

After being shot by officers, Duffy was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. He was listed in stable condition on Monday afternoon.

The GBI is handling the investigation of the incident. Neighbors of Duffy told 11Alive's Duffie Dixon that they found it hard to believe that he'd be involved in a scuffle with police.

"Always a good dad out there with all their kids," said Dawn Wilde. "One of the few people that I've seen who'll be out there with the kids -- all of them riding their bikes. Even at the pool in the summer, he'd be out there supervising other kids."

Duffy's family said he was a U.S. Navy veteran and served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He and his wife, who have been married for 11 years, have three children.

A warrant has been issued for Duffy on a charge of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, the GBI said.