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9 Feb 2018

Officer slain, deputies wounded while serving warrant, suspect dead near Atlanta

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February 9, 2018 Category: Stateside Posted by:

By Jeff Martin

LOCUST GROVE, Ga. (AP) — 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.

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.”

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