Two Georgia police officers were shot early Monday morning as they conducted a drug raid on a suspect’s house.
Authorities said that a multi-jurisdictional drug task force was in the process of serving a warrant at an apartment, reports Fox 25 Boston.
Two of the officers are in recovery after being wounded. One officer was released after his injuries were treated and the other underwent surgery for “serious but not life-threatening” injuries.
Officers shot and killed the suspect during the altercation.
When officers knocked on the door and identified themselves, no one answered, so they accessed the house through the back door. As the officers entered the house, someone inside fired at least one round at them, according to authorities.
“These officers returned fire after they were fired upon. I don’t know how many rounds they fired. We will be determining that. One subject was struck and he is actually deceased,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent J.T. Ricketson said.
Ricketson described the slain suspect as a white 35-year old male. Police believe he was the subject of the search warrant. The man’s girlfriend and infant daughter, in the house at the time of the shooting, were not harmed.
Seven Georgia police officers have been killed so far this year. Last week, two officers were wounded after responding to a call about a domestic dispute at an apartment.
Americus, Ga. police Officer Nicholas Smarr, 25, was fatally wounded, as well as Officer Jody Smith, who suffered from serious injuries and later died.
Attacks against law enforcement officers in general have been on the rise. Four officers were shot during a 24-hour period in November.
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