A rookie suburban Atlanta police officer was murdered on Thursday by a man who was also killed in a shoot-out with other officers, officials said.
The names of the DeKalb County police officer and the suspected gunman were not instantly available and few other informations were released.
Police said that the officer, who had been in the force for a bit more than a year, made a traffic stop in suburban Atlanta about 5 p.m. on Thursday.
In a statement on the Internet, James Conroy, the DeKalb County chief of police said “Tonight, a DeKalb County police officer died in the line of duty serving the citizens of DeKalb County,”.
The suspect escaped the traffic stop and shot at the officer, Conroy told local media. Other police officers went to the scene with police dogs and tracked the suspect, who was hiding behind a nearby business, police said.
One dog who aided the tracking of the suspect was also shot and was in severe condition early on Friday, officials said.
Officers exchanged fire and seriously injured the suspect, officials said. The wounded suspect and the police officer were rushed Atlanta hospital, where they both died, Conroy said.
Incoming Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp narrated his sympathies to the officer’s family and fellow police.
Kemp wrote on his twitter page “We are forever grateful for his service and sacrifice, “Our prayers are with those who mourn.”