Author: American Military University
By Jeff Martin Associated Press
LOCUST GROVE, Ga. — A police officer was killed and two deputies were seriously wounded in a shooting that also left a suspect dead south of Atlanta, authorities said Friday.
Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer said gunfire broke out as the officers were serving an arrest warrant around 11 a.m. at a home in Locust Grove, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.
“It all happened inside the residence,” the sheriff said at an afternoon news conference.
The GBI is releasing the names of the three officers in today’s Henry County shooting: Fallen Locust Grove Officer Chase Maddox, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies Michael D. Corley (pic 2) & Ralph Sidwell “Sid” Callaway (pic 3) pic.twitter.com/8lIDp7bRYt
— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) February 9, 2018
He said shots were fired as the deputies were trying to take a male suspect into custody on a warrant from the municipal court in Locust Grove. McBrayer wouldn’t say who fired first or give other details about how it happened.
“They talked with the individual and after about 10 minutes of talking with him realized they were going to be making an arrest, and they were going to have issues placing him in custody,” McBrayer said. At that point they called Locust Grove for backup from an officer.
He said they had no reason to believe when they arrived that the suspect would be violent.
“Trying to make an arrest, there was an altercation,” he said.
Locust Grove Mayor Robert Price identified the slain officer as 26-year-old Chase Maddox, who had been with the department since he was 22. Price said Maddox had a young child, and his wife is pregnant and due to give birth to their second child “any day.”
“We just can’t believe this happened,” Price said.
The two Henry County deputies were veterans, McBrayer said. One had served with the force for 20 years. He said the Locust Grove officer who was killed had been on the force for about five years. Their names were not immediately released.
McBrayer said one deputy was in serious condition and undergoing surgery, and had been hit below the bullet-proof vest. The other was in fair condition, and was hit in the vest.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the shootings. GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said the suspect’s relatives were being notified before his name is released.
Police blocked off multiple entrances of a subdivision not far from an outlet mall. They turned away people who don’t live in the neighborhood.
Yellow police tape cordoned off a section of one home’s front yard. Nearby Locust Grove Elementary School was put on lockdown.
Juankeena Rodgers, 36, lives in the subdivision but police weren’t allowing her to go back home.
“It’s quiet. I’ve never had any issues and I pray I don’t have any, said Rodgers, who has lived there nearly two years.
“It’s scary because you never know who is in your neighborhood.”
Press conference about to start. 2 deputies and 1 officer shot in Henry Co. GA pic.twitter.com/fe57sv0j8p
— Jonathan Carlson (@TVreporter) February 9, 2018
DEVELOPING: News briefing about to begin on shooting that wounded two Henry County deputies and a Locust Grove officer. Suspect shot dead. Live steam soon @wsbtv.com pic.twitter.com/wreUud8PfN
— Tom Regan (@tomreganWSB) February 9, 2018
BREAKING: Officer-involved shooting under investigation in Locust Grove. Three officers have been shot and have been transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. pic.twitter.com/3g57dcrt9R
— Hapeville PD (@Hapeville_PD) February 9, 2018