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Authorities: Officer, suspect dead in shooting near Atlanta


By Jeff Martin, Associated Press

Friday, February 9, 2018

LOCUST GROVE, Ga. (AP) Authorities say one officer has died and two deputies were critically wounded in a shooting that also left a suspect dead south of Atlanta.

Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer made the announcement Friday afternoon at a news conference.

He said it happened as the officers were serving an arrest warrant that morning at a home in Locust Grove, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.

WSB-TV reported two of the law officers were flown away by helicopter while the third was carried by ambulance.

Police blocked off multiple entrances of a subdivision not far from an outlet mall. They turned away people who don't live in the neighborhood.

Yellow police tape cordoned off a section of one home's front yard. Nearby Locust Grove Elementary School was put on lockdown.