An unnamed Georgia cop was shot in the head and killed by a drunken gunman who ambushed police officers in the thick fog of Wednesday morning.
The officer, who had served with the Fulton County Police Department for 28 years, was reportedly shot in the back of the head at around 12:40 a.m.
A second officer was shot in the midrange, and was only saved because the bullet hit his radio.
The suspect, who was subsequently shot by officers but not killed, was taken to the Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment; his condition at this time is unknown.
When neighbors called 911 to report that they had heard shots being fired in the suspect’s home, they also reported that the man was knocking on doors, seemingly about to embark on a shooting spree.
When police arrived in the thick fog to apprehend the shooter, they were ambushed by him, which resulted in the death of the officer.
Assistant Police Chief Gary Stiles told reporters that the cops were in a very tricky situation due to the fog.
“They were trying to do their job, they were trying to protect this neighborhood from someone who was shooting. And they had no other option but to do their job. And the way it appears to me, they were ambushed without warning.”
Stiles added that, “This is not the first officer we have lost, and the men and women who work for this department are going to be heartbroken,” he said.
The police reported that the shooter was well known to them, and was associated with excessive drinking and rowdy behavior.
A neighbor who lives in the immediate vicinity of the incident, Alfred Printup, was at work but on the phone to his wife, when he heard loud gunshots in the background, “I just want to thank that police officer who gave his life to keep my family safe,” he told local reporters.
A full investigation into the incident is continuing.