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Officer hit by suspect's car refused to shoot after looking into teen's eyes

College Park police said officer Morris is at home recovering after he suffered severe injuries in a hit-and-run.

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — A College Park Police officer was hit by a teen driving a stolen SUV on Saturday near a metro Atlanta hotel, but said he "refused" to use his weapon on him.

The police department said officer Ivory Morris was one of the officers that responded to a call about a stolen vehicle in the 2300 block of Southport Drive at 2 a.m. 

He was working part-time near the hotel at the time, they said. 

When officers arrived, a teen inside the SUV struck officer Morris and another teen, who was believed to be involved in the theft, and drove away. 

Morris' supervisor Sgt. Jean said: "Morris and the teen looked into each other's eyes and he made the conscious decision not to use lethal force."

College Park police said officer Morris is at home recovering after he suffered severe injuries in a hit-and-run. 

Credit: College Park Police

The teen who was hit is recovering from a shattered pelvis. 

Authorities said they believe the teens were allegedly planning to steal cars from the hotel parking lot. They said they also believe the teens may be affiliated to a gang. 

Police said they have identified the teen driver, but he is not in custody yet. No suspects have been arrested.

Anyone with information is asked to call the College Park Police Department at (404) 761-3131. You can also submit an anonymous tip at the College Park tip line at (404) 768-8664 or call Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-TIPS (8477).