Authorities said one police officer lost his life and two deputies survived but were seriously wounded on Friday during a shootout that killed the suspect in Locust Grove, south of Atlanta, Georgia.
Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer said the shooting happened Friday morning when the two deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant on an unidentified man at a residence in Locust Grove. the sheriff said that after talking to the suspect for about 10 minutes, they realized they would have difficulty arresting the man. "It was obvious the individual was not going to go".
The sheriff said the Locust Grove police officer had just arrived on the scene as backup when the shooting took place.
While attempting to arrest the man, an altercation broke out and all four men were shot.
Chase Maddox, 26, was a 5-year veteran of the Locust Grove Police Department after serving in the National Guard. Price said the 26-year-old officer's wife is pregnant and expecting their second child any day.
One of the injured deputies was in fair condition and one was in serious condition and is undergoing surgery, the station said. According to his brother, Wade Corley, Michael Corley was released late Friday afternoon.
The GBI identified the suspect as Tierra Guthrie, 39.
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Price thanked neighboring police departments for sending in help as the Locus Grove force mourned the loss of one of their own.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation.
Authorities have identified the male suspect killed during an exchange of gunfire outside of Atlanta that also left a police officer dead and two deputies wounded.
On Monday, Micah Flick of the sheriff's office in El Paso County, Colorado, was killed while investigating a vehicle theft.
The sheriff said that the two law enforcement officers spoke with the individual and following 10 minutes of discussion decided to make an arrest. A suspect, who hasn't been named by authorities, was killed.
Flick was the third officer killed in Colorado since the beginning of the year.