Atlanta officer says he hit suspect in face

FILE - This photo provided by Fulton County, Ga., shows Frank Nance. Authorities said Nance was arrested for the shooting of Officer Reginald Robinson on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Officer Andre Bent was responding to a call for help shortly after Officer Reginald Bent was shot in the face. Bent caught up with Nance and grabbed his arm, according to the report obtained Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 by The Associated Press. Nance then turned toward the officer with his left hand coming up, and it wasn't clear whether Nance had a weapon or other object in his hand, Bent wrote. (AP Photo/Fulton County, Ga., File)

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta police officer rushing to help a wounded rookie says he hit a suspect in the face with his gun because he feared for his life.

A mug shot taken after 20-year-old Frank Nance's arrest Jan. 11 shows multiple bloody cuts on the suspect's face. Police have declined to release any details on Nance's injuries.

A police report obtained Thursday by The Associated Press states that shortly after Officer Reginald Robinson was shot in the face, Officer Andre Bent caught up with Nance. According to the report, Bent said Nance turned toward him and began raising his left hand, and it wasn't clear if he had a weapon.

Bent says he struck Nance and his service weapon discharged once toward the sky.