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Ga. officer shot in head while responding to domestic fight

When the first officer arrived at the hotel, he encountered an armed man and gunfire was exchanged

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The wounded officer was taken to a hospital.

John Spink

By Rosana Hughes
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

COVINGTON, Ga. — A Covington police officer was shot in the head while responding to a domestic fight at a hotel late Tuesday night, according to authorities.

The suspect was shot dead by other responding officers, Lt. Daniel Digby told Channel 2 Action News at the scene. The wounded officer was taken to a hospital and is said to be stable, the news station reported.

Officers were called around 10:30 p.m. to the Oyo Hotel along Alcovy Road, just off I-20, about a fight between a man and a woman, the news station reported. When the first officer arrived, he encountered the armed man and gunfire was exchanged.

“The second officer arrived on scene shortly just after that and engaged the subject,” Digby said. “The subject sustained gunshot wounds and is deceased.”

The man’s name was not released.

The officer was being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital. Investigators, including the GBI, collected evidence at the scene through the night and into Wednesday morning.

The GBI was expected to release more details after their initial investigation.

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