Sus­pect in Ga. cop shoot­ings sur­ren­ders

Boston Herald - - OBITUARIES -

CEDARTOWN, Ga. — Au­thor­i­ties an­nounced last night they had cap­tured a man they say shot two Ge­or­gia po­lice of­fi­cers, killing one of them.

Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion Di­rec­tor Ver­non Keenan said Seth Bran­don Span­gler sur­ren­dered to of­fi­cers af­ter a man­hunt in Polk County, about 60 miles north­west of At­lanta. Span­gler faces charges of mur­der and ag­gra­vated as­sault in the slay­ing of 29-year-old Polk County po­lice Of­fi­cer Kristin Hearne and the shoot­ing of Of­fi­cer David Goodrich, who was hit in the chest, but suf­fered only a mi­nor in­jury when the bul­let hit his pro­tec­tive vest.

Po­lice say Goodrich was re­spond­ing to a stolen ve­hi­cle call about 11 a.m. yes­ter­day, and Hearne came as backup. Keenan said Span­gler and a woman they iden­ti­fied as Saman­tha Roof came out of the woods and were act­ing sus­pi­ciously when ques­tioned by of­fi­cers. Keenan said Span­gler then drew a gun and shot the of­fi­cers.

Span­gler sur­ren­dered to of­fi­cers sev­eral hours later af­ter a man­hunt. He wasn’t wear­ing any clothes when he was ar­rested. A third sus­pect is be­ing sought.

Keenan said Roof will also face charges.

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