2 po­lice of­fi­cers shot serv­ing war­rant

Cops wounded, sus­pect killed in Georgia shootout

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY RE­BECCA SAN­TANA

A man who shot and wounded two cen­tral Georgia po­lice of­fi­cers who were serv­ing a search war­rant early Mon­day was killed dur­ing a shootout with po­lice of­fi­cers, an in­ves­ti­ga­tor said.

Georgia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion Spe­cial Agent in Charge J.T. Rick­et­son said a mul­ti­juris­dic­tion drug task force went about 2:30 a.m. Mon­day to a home on state High­way 42. Of­fi­cers knocked on the door and an­nounced them­selves, but no one an­swered.

“They knocked on the back door and an­nounced their pres­ence and that they were per­form­ing a search war­rant,” Mr. Rick­et­son said.

“No one re­sponded so they gained en­try by go­ing through the back door. As the of­fi­cers were en­ter­ing in­side the res­i­dence, an oc­cu­pant in­side the res­i­dence fired at least one round. It may be more,” he said.

The of­fi­cers re­turned fire, and the sus­pect was killed, he said.

“These of­fi­cers re­turned fire af­ter they were fired upon. I don’t know how many rounds they fired. We will be de­ter­min­ing that,” he said. “One sub­ject was struck and he is ac­tu­ally de­ceased.”

The two of­fi­cers, who both work at the By­ron Po­lice Depart­ment, were taken to a hospi­tal in Macon, he said. One was treated and re­leased and the other was in surgery Mon­day morn­ing, Mr. Rick­et­son said. He de­scribed the in­juries as “se­ri­ous but not life-threat­en­ing.”

Mr. Rick­et­son de­scribed the sus­pect who was killed as a 35-year-old white man, who is be­lieved to have been the sub­ject of the search war­rant. The man’s girl­friend and an in­fant about 1 month old were also in the house at the time of the shoot­ing but nei­ther was harmed, he said.

Georgia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion agents have locked down the scene and were se­cur­ing search war­rants. The names of the sus­pect and the of­fi­cers were not re­leased. Both of the of­fi­cers are white men.

Rick­et­son said the of­fi­cers are part of the Peach County Drug Task Force that in­cludes of­fi­cers from Peach and Craw­ford coun­ties, By­ron and Fort Val­ley.

The shoot­ing comes at what has been a dan­ger­ous time for law en­force­ment of­fi­cers in Georgia. At least seven Georgia law en­force­ment of­fi­cers have been killed by gun­men in the line of duty this year.

Most re­cently, two po­lice of­fi­cers were shot re­spond­ing to a do­mes­tic dis­pute call at an apart­ment in ru­ral Amer­i­cus last week­end.

Amer­i­cus Of­fi­cer Ni­cholas Smarr died Wed­nes­day and fel­low of­fi­cer and life­long friend Jody Smith died the fol­low­ing day. The sus­pected gun­man was found later — ap­par­ently of a self­in­flicted gun­shot wound — in­side a home where he was hid­ing.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Georgia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion Spe­cial Agent in Charge J.T. Rick­et­son works at a scene of a shoot­ing in­volv­ing two po­lice of­fi­cers while serv­ing a search war­rant at a home in Craw­ford County, Georgia, on Mon­day. Po­lice say the shooter died.

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