Two Georgia deputies had been fatally shot in what a sheriff described as an ambush because the cops tried to serve an arrest warrant.
The bloodshed — the officers had been the primary to die within the line of responsibility in over 30 years — erupted simply west of Marietta in Cobb County round 7:45 p.m. Thursday.
“What I can tell you in this moment is this — in plain terms it is simple, my two deputies were ambushed this evening and killed,” Sheriff Craig Owens informed reporters at a press convention. “The two suspects we believe are the perpetrators of this crime are currently in custody and are being held at the Cobb County Police Department for questioning.”
The names of the slain deputies and the suspects weren’t instantly made public.
The deputies had been attempting to serve a warrant on a suspect for failure to look on a theft cost. They knocked on the door of a house and went again to their patrol car when one other automobile pulled up.
Owens stated the 2 deputies acquired out of their automobile and had been speaking to a suspect when pictures had been fired from a car and a home.
The deputies had been capable of radio for assist, and backup officers swarmed the neighborhood within the Atlanta suburb.
A four-hour-long standoff with at the very least one suspect adopted the gunfire. It was resolved simply after midnight Friday, reported Fox 5.
The sheriff stated two suspects had been detained and questioned. No prices had been instantly introduced.
“Our hearts are broken here in Cobb County, and it’s going to take some prayers to help us get back to where we need to be,” House owners stated. “But it’s not going to be an easy road.”
The deputies had every served within the division for greater than 5 years, Owens stated. They’re the primary officers to die within the line of responsibility in Cobb County since 1990.