Suspect in Ga. cop shootings surrenders
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.