Published: Wed, December 14, 2016
USA | By Yvette Dunn

Georgia police officers shot while serving warrant

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent J.T. Ricketson tells local news outlets that members of the Peach County Drug Task Force went to serve a warrant at around 2.10am Monday to a home on state Highway 42. When no one responded after they knocked on the front door and announced themselves, they gained entry through the back door.

And the tragedy in Americus last Wednesday is still fresh on the minds of law enforcement officers in the state. "It may be more", he said.

According to Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle, one officer was shot in the shoulder and the other was shot in the hand and leg. The suspect then shot both officer, per the chief. The manager at Zaxby's said all employees are safe, but the restaurant was closed Monday night. "One subject was struck and he is actually deceased". The officers' injuries are not life threatening. The suspect fled on foot, the GBI said. The suspect's girlfriend and an infant, about a month-old, were in the house at the time.

The GBI responded to the scene to investigate the shooting that happened in Lavonia, Ga. During the stop, the 22-year-old from Greenville, S.C. fired at the officers, striking both.

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It happened less than 24 hours after two Byron Police officers were wounded while serving a warrant on a home in Crawford County.

Authorities confirmed that the suspect involved in the shooting later died.

The young officers were the fourth to die in the line of duty since November. He was taken to the hospital for surgery, but was expected to survive. The gunman later fatally shot himself.

First responders heard a gunshot and, shortly thereafter, a SWAT team found Lembrick's body with a single gunshot wound inside.

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