The killing of a police officer and wounding of two deputies in a sudden, unexpected burst of gunfire has left a Georgia town in shock.
The fallen officer's wife is expecting the couple's second baby. The town's mayor broke down as he spoke about the officer and his family hours after Friday morning's shooting.
"We just need a lot of prayers for he and his wife and the baby that's coming into this world without a daddy because of somebody ..." Locust Grove Mayor Robert Price said, choking up during an interview. "We got to pray for the two county officers that's wounded."
The wounded Henry County deputies were taken to hospitals, and the suspect, identified as Tierre Guthrie, 39, was killed, authorities said.
Gunfire broke out as the officers were serving an arrest warrant about 11 a.m. at a home in Locust Grove, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta, Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer said. Guthrie was wanted for failing to appear in court for traffic violations, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
"Guthrie became combative and escalated the situation," the agency said in a statement late Friday night. They called a Locust Grove police officer for backup, and he arrived within minutes.
"A fight ensued resulting in Guthrie and the officers firing their weapons," the GBI said.
Authorities identified the slain Locust Grove officer as Chase Maddox, 26, who had been with the department since he was 22.
McBrayer said one deputy was in serious condition and undergoing surgery, and had been hit below the bulletproof vest in his stomach area. The other was in fair condition, and was hit in the vest....