A police officer in Georgia was killed in the line of duty Tuesday evening.
Police officials confirmed Wednesday that an Atlanta Metro officer and three others were killed in a shooting Tuesday night after several 911 calls were made.
“These men and women do an honorable job every day, and it’s unfortunate that we have to make these reports time and time again,” said Clayton County Police Chief Kevin Roberts in a statement Wednesday morning. “My heart aches for every police officer and their family that goes through these types of things. These things just shouldn’t happen.”
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The officer, Field Training Officer Henry Laxson, was one of four people killed in a shooting around 8:40 p.m. in Rex, Georgia, and a second officer, whose condition is not known, was also injured during the shooting, officials said.
Laxson was one of several officers responding to 911 calls reporting gunfire and domestic violence, officers said.
The first group of officers arrived at 8:40 p.m., when they met a 12-year-old boy who had been shot in the face, Roberts said. The boy led the officers to a home, where the shooter opened fire on the officers before attempting to escape the house through the back and engaging in a shootout with another group of officers, including Laxson, officers added. The shooter hit two officers, killing Laxson and injuring the second officer.
The suspect was killed during the shootout, and there are no suspects outstanding, Roberts said.
Police also discovered two females who had been killed before the officers arrived. Their identities have not been released to the public as of Wednesday morning.
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First responders immediately sent the 12-year-old to the hospital, where he is in critical condition, according to officials.
Laxson is the third Georgia officer killed in November and the eighth in 2021, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.