One person was killed and a Georgia police officer injured Wednesday as officials cleared the site of a controversial proposed police training center in Atlanta.

Tensions have been rising in the city over the proposed Public Safety Training Center: A sprawling 85-acre stretch of wooded land in DeKalb County that will have a shooting range, amphitheater, and a mock town to be used for training.

Opponents have called the center «Cop City» and protesters have camped in the area of ​​the proposed site to denounce the construction.

A multi-agency operation to clear the area of ​​the future facility took place Wednesday morning around 9 a.m.

Police located a man in a tent in the woods who «failed to comply» with verbal orders and shot a Georgia state trooper, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. Press release.

GBI director Mike Register said the man opened fire «without warning».

Other law enforcement officers returned fire, hitting the man, who died at the scene, the GBI said.

The man’s identification is pending notification of next of kin, authorities said. A pistol and bullet casings were found at the scene.

The injured soldier was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery.

The trooper was in ICU in stable condition after undergoing surgery, but still has a «road to recovery,» Georgia State Patrol Col. Chris Wright said in a statement. Press conference.

The GBI is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

The Register said four people were arrested in the cleanup operation. The GBI statement said they were taken to the DeKalb County Jail and charges are pending.

A movement calledDefend the Atlanta Forest«, who opposes the plans of the training center, contradicted the GBI account, saying: «Today, the police killed a defender of the forest, someone who loved the forest, someone who fought to protect the land and its inhabitants. That’s why we organized to stop Cop City. And we will.»

The organization said the operation was part of a «pattern of police officers directly threatening the lives of protesters and moving through the woods with weapons drawn, which has occurred on and off for the past 8 months.»

The group said its ground sources reported hearing 12 continuous «rapid fire» shots, not an exchange of fire.

«We know there is no history of protesters firing firearms at police in this movement so far, but there is a significant pattern of police acting nervous, making verbal threats and pointing firearms at people who found in the forest,» the statement said.

NBC News has reached out to the GBI for comment on the allegation.

The Atlanta Solidarity Fund, a group that supports people arrested in protests, tweeted:: “We are preparing a legal team to investigate and file a wrongful death lawsuit.”

The Register said that in the past «several months» law enforcement has experienced «increasing criminal behavior and terrorist acts» by individuals and groups opposed to the training center, which is part of a $90 million public safety campaign in atlanta

He said the acts included arson, physical assault, intimidation, the use of explosives and the setting of booby traps that have the potential to cause great bodily harm.

Last month, five people were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism after throwing rocks at police cars and attacking EMT fire stations near the proposed site with rocks and bottles. the GBI said.

In that incident, authorities arrested people occupying makeshift tree houses. The GBI said that after clearing the area they found explosive devices, gasoline and flares.

Protesters opposing the facility say it would decimate one of the city’s largest reserve forest areas, say the land has historical significance to Native Americans and that the land was once the site of the Old Prison Farm, where the prisoners farmed the land, a practice scrutinized for its profit generation and exploitation of unpaid labor, NBC affiliate Atlanta WXIA informed.