Tragic: Ethiopian Man Arrested For Killing Police Officer In The US
Police continue to investigate what sparked a shooting in south Fulton County that killed veteran officer.
The incident happened shortly before 1 a.m. in the Parks at Cedar Grove neighborhood.
Fulton County police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation swarmed the fog-shrouded neighborhood after they say a gunman ambushed four officers, killing 22-year veteran Detective Terence Green and injuring another.
Fulton County police Chief Cassandra Jones said the suspect, Amanuel Menghesha, used an assault style rifle in the shooting.
“This is a dreadful event, we are asking for the prayers and support from all of the community,” Jones said.
At an afternoon news conference, county leaders expressed sorrow at the loss.
“The detective gave the ultimate sacrifice trying to protect residents in our community, trying to protect citizens. Unfortunately, he died,” said county chairman John Eaves.
Police say they responded to the home on Parks Trails after receiving a 911 call.
Green was one of four officers sent to investigate, but they said Menghesha wasn’t there.
Police said the suspect took his weapons and started walking through the neighborhood, ending up over on Chastain Way.
That’s where police said Meghesha ambushed the officers in the dense fog and opened fire.
As they ran for cover, police said one round struck Green in the back of the head. Another officer avoided serious injury when a bullet ricocheted off his belt radio.
Other officers returned fire and wounded Menghesha.
Green was rushed to the Grady Memorial Hospital, but he died there minutes later.
Other county leaders say they must now rally around their other officers and Green’s family.
“I believe the best expression, however of our sadness, will be a recommitment to carry out the goals which our police aim for every day,” said Fulton County commissioner Emma Darnell.
“It’s kind of difficult knowing someone you grow up with in our field,” said Maj. Darryl Halbert, who has known Green for more than 20 years. “He’s one of those people you like to have around in those hairy situations because the type of personality he had would be a calming influence in a lot of ways.”
“This is not the first officer we have lost. It’s heartbreaking for the men and women in this department. Obviously we’re going to be heartbroken over it, but we have a job to do and we’re going to complete that job,” said Fulton County Assistant Police Chief Gary Stiles. “Most of the time you think it’s a dream and you’ll wake up. We’ve been mostly they’re support mode. His family is just grieving terribly at this time.”