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Officer killed in Ga. while responding to domestic disturbance call

Randy Mancini 44 December 1, 2021
Police lights. (AP PHOTO)

Police lights. (AP PHOTO)

A quiet suburban neighborhood in Georgia was lit up with gunfire Tuesday night, killing four people including a police officer in a shootout.

Clayton County police officers arrived on scene for a domestic disturbance call Tuesday night to find a 12-year-old boy shot in the face and a woman lying face down in the front yard. Officers began to render aid when the suspect began firing at them from an unknown location.

“Upon making contact at the front of the residence, they were immediately engaged by a male suspect who was armed with a handgun and fired upon them. Those officers were able to take cover for their own safety,” said Chief Kevin Roberts of the Clayton County Police Department.

The suspect was spotted running to the rear of the house, where he was confronted by SWAT team members. Authorities confirmed that Field Training Officer Henry Laxson was killed and SWAT Officer Alex Chandler was shot in the hand.

Georgia police officer among 4 dead in bloodbath that also left boy, 12, shot in the face 🇺🇸RIP Officer Henry Laxson, Clayton County PD, GA

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