Officer dies after gun battle in suburban Atlanta

The Riverdale officer was struck twice by gunfire, and the suspect was also hit

Associated Press

RIVERDALE, Ga. — An officer in suburban Atlanta has died after being shot twice by a suspect during a law enforcement operation Thursday, police said.

The officer died after he was shot by a suspect who was also wounded by gunfire, Riverdale police chief Todd Spivey said at a news conference.

"We have lost a valuable member of our family," Spivey said.

Riverdale police officers were assisting Clayton County police with an operation at an apartment complex in Riverdale around 11:15 a.m. Thursday morning, police Assistant Chief Michael Reynolds said. He did not release any details about the police operation or say what led to the shooting.

Riverdale City Manager E. Scott Wood said the officer was struck in the mid-torso and arm. He underwent surgery at a hospital, but did not survive, Spivey said.

Reynolds says the suspect was also shot. He did not release any details about his condition. Nor did he say what the police operation was or exactly what led to the shooting.

The names of the officer and suspect were not immediately released. Reynolds said his family was still being notified of the shooting early Thursday afternoon.

Riverdale is a city of about 15,000 people just south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, said GBI spokesman Scott Dutton. The body of the officer has been taken to the GBI headquarters, where an autopsy will be performed Friday morning, he said.

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