The Georgia officer shot and killed in the line of duty on Wednesday has been identified as Detective Terence Avery Green, a 22-year veteran of the police force and father to four sons.
Fulton County Assistant Police Chief Gary Stiles said the shooting took place in the early morning hours on Wednesday. Green had responded to frenzied 911 calls from neighbors in the Cedar Grove subdivision, who said a man, who appeared to be intoxicated, was going from house to house, banging on doors and firing a gun.
When police arrived on scene, they took fire from the suspect, who was identified as Amanuel Menghesha. Green was shot in the head and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:30 a.m.
Stiles said the shooting was an ambush, with the suspect attacking officers who “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.”
Neighbors said the incident was frightening, but were grateful that Terence Green was willing to put his life on the line for their safety.
“I just want to thank that police officer who gave his life to keep my family safe,” neighbor Alfred Printup told local reporters.
The Georgia officer shot and killed on Wednesday was remembered as a family man with a good reputation among his fellow officers.
Local officials also mourned his death.
“This is a stark and sad reminder of the hard and dangerous work that our men and women in law enforcement embark upon every time they respond to a call,” said Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves.
“Oftentimes there is little indication of which calls could leave officers facing eminent danger. At this time, I ask that you pray for Detective Green’s family as well for the men and women with whom he served.”
The Georgia officer shot and killed on Wednesday was the first officer killed in the line of duty since 2003. Police noted that Amanuel Menghesha, the alleged gunman who killed Terence Green, was well known to police for other drunk and disorderly incidents.