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The Latest: Georgia town shaken in shooting death of officer

A Henry County ambulance leaves escorted by a police motorcycle at Atlanta Medical Center, where two wounded Henry County sheriff's deputies were treated, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 in Atlanta. A police officer whose wife is expecting the couple's second baby was killed Friday and two deputies were seriously wounded in a shooting that also left a suspect dead south of Atlanta, authorities said. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

LOCUST GROVE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a police officer in Georgia in a shootout that also claimed the life of the suspect (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Authorities in Georgia say the police officer killed in a shootout with a criminal suspect died of a gunshot wound to the head.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that preliminary results of an autopsy performed Saturday on Locust Grove Police Officer Chase Maddox at the crime lab in Decatur indicate he was shot three times, with the fatal wound being to the head.

The suspect, 39-year-old Tierre Guthrie, also died. An autopsy showed that he was shot four times, with two wounds to the chest.

Gunfire broke out as the officers were serving an arrest warrant Friday morning at a home in Locust Grove, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta. Guthrie was wanted for failing to appear in court for traffic violations, the GBI said.


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. And the town’s mayor broke down as he spoke about the officer and his family hours after Friday morning’s shooting.

Authorities said two deputies were wounded in Friday morning’s shooting, and a suspect was killed.

Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer said the gunfire broke out as the officers tried to serve an arrest warrant around 11 a.m. at a home in Locust Grove, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.

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