2 officers from Henry County shot dead; suspected gunman in the house



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According to the police, two officers from Henry County were shot dead and an alleged gunman barricaded himself in a house on Thursday during an incident lasting several hours in a neighborhood of Stockbridge.

The two officers, whose names were not immediately published, were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in a serious condition, according to Henry Police Captain Joey Smith. The two men bring to three the total number of Atlanta Metro officers who were injured in the performance of their duties in four days.

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Officers responded to a house along Eagle Way, about three miles from I-75, about 10:45 am, on a report of "unknown troubles," Smith said Thursday afternoon. "Another potential civilian casualty" was inside the house, but Smith could not confirm their condition. Channel 2 Action News reported that at least one person died inside the house.

Outside the house, the officers comforted the bereaved relatives. Neighbors were asked to stay away from the crime scene, including Lena Holt, who saw the police presence in her street through her video doorbell.

One of the injured officers was flown to Grady and the other in ambulance, Smith said. Police temporarily blocked I-75 in the Hudson Bridge Road area when injured policemen were taken to the hospital.

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All lanes were reopened, but significant delays in traffic remained in the area in both directions.


Several police departments nearby, including Jonesboro and Clayton County, have also responded. Residents were asked to avoid the area.




Thursday's shooting comes just days after a Union City police officer was shot several times on Monday night after being targeted by a home on Stonewall Drive. Constable Jerome Turner Jr. is stable and is recovering from Grady after undergoing surgery, the police said.

RELATED: GBI identifies a policeman injured during a shootout in Union City

It was the second time in four months that an officer from Henry County was shot in the performance of his duties. On December 6, officer Michael Smith was shot while trying to restrain a man in front of a dental office. Smith, 33, died of his injuries on December 28.

Six Georgian officers died in the line of duty in 2018, including four in the Atlanta subway. Smith was Henry's second officer to die in 2018. In February, Detective Chaust Maddox of Locust Grove was shot dead while assisting deputy ministers serving a warrant.

MORE: Officer Henry is the 6th of Georgia killed in service this year

So far this year, a Georgian officer has been killed in the performance of his duties. On January 29, Glascock County MP Joshua Ryer Jr. was killed in a car accident involving two vehicles while he was about to recover an inmate. The 19-year-old had been working in the department for five months.

ALSO: An officer from Henry County remembered by the hundreds: "He saved lives that day."

Students and teachers from Henry County are spring break this week and no school is affected by the presence of the police.

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