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Three policemen from Georgia fell ill after finding dead bodies in the motel room



Three Georgia police officers were released from the hospital Sunday after suffering chemical vapors when they came across a body in a motel room.

Officials were dispatched shortly after four to the United Inn & Suites in Decatur on Saturday over a dead body in a room on the third floor, reported FOX5 Atlanta. Three police officers from Dekalb County entered the room and reported feeling dizzy and nauseous after coming into contact with the chemical that killed a 48-year-old man in the room.

  DeKalb County forensic doctors and law enforcement officials stand outside the United Inn and Suites Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Decatur, Ga. Officers were called to find a body in a room that had a strong chemical odor that began around the Make officers sick, which led to three being taken to hospital for check-out. (AP Photo / John Amis)

Three Georgia police officers got sick by an unknown chemical when they entered a motel room with a dead body.

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"Something has made the officers sick," said Captain Eric Jackson on Saturday.

The FBI responded to the crime scene and on Sunday identified the chemical found in the room as a mixture of household cleaners.

"Apart from a combination of household cleaning solutions, no other harmful substances were identified at this time," police told Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The officers were taken to the hospital and are said to have been aware and awake Saturday night.

  A law enforcement officer DeKalb County stands in front of a guest room at the United Inn and Suites Hotel Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Decatur, Ga. Officers were called to investigate a dead body found in a room that had a strong had a chemical odor that began to maim the officers who were hospitalized in three to be checked out. (AP Photo / John Amis)

A DeKalb County law enforcement official will arrive in front of a guest room at the United Inn and Suites Hotel on Saturday.

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Shortly before the incident, hotel guests were evacuated near the contaminated area for safety's sake.

"The police told us to leave," a guest told FOX5. "We were not in our room for three hours … What was the reason?"

The HAZMAT teams arrived at the scene and took samples of the substance.

An autopsy is performed to determine the cause of death of the man, who is not treated as a murder.

The police did not release his name on Sunday, and it is unclear whether the man was accidentally exposed to the substance or deliberately.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and emerging digital news producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @bykatherinelam


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