Police in Henry County, Georgia have released chilling body cam footage from when officers entered a home on a call Thursday and the suspect began to fire at them.
Officers Keegan Merritt and Taylor Webb responded to a “trouble unknown” call just before 11 a.m. that came in after family members reported seeing a woman unresponsive in the garage.
They went from the garage to the home, where the shooting was captured on their body cameras.
Both officers are expected to be ok – one was shot in the hand, the other in the torso and hip. They’re recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital.
The shooting kicked off a 17-hour-long standoff with the suspect. Police later found the gunman, a pregnant woman and her teenage son dead inside the home.
They were identified as 39-year-old Sandra White and her son, 16-year-old Arkeyvion. Police believe that the suspect killed himself.
Police say they had been hopeful that the suspect was going to release the teenager, whom he had taken hostage. Apparently the standoff was triggered after the sister of the pregnant woman found her dead and called police.
At about 11 p.m. last night, the hostage situation escalated when police said he “refused to provide proof of the well-being of a female and 16-year-old inside [the] residence.” They decided to fire several gas canisters into the home. He fired back at SWAT officers in response.
At 3:30 a.m. the SWAT team moved in and found the three bodies.
Earlier in the evening, Henry County Police Capt. Joey Smith said they did not want to enter the home as long as communication with the suspect continued.
“We do not want to make a dynamic entry into the home,” Smith said at a press conference. “With communication with the individual, at least he’s talking — that’s helpful. We’re going to wait as long as we can.”
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr took to Twitter to thank police officers for their service:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Henry County Police officers who were shot today while putting their lives on the line to keep our communities safe.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Henry County Police officers who were shot today while putting their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. @henrycopolice
— GA AG Chris Carr (@Georgia_AG) April 4, 2019
Other Police Involved Shootings This Week
The Georgia incident wasn’t the only police shooting that happened this week.
Here are just a couple of them that you may not have heard about.
Officer Tries To Save Life In Colorado, Is Shot In Face
On Tuesday morning, a San Juan County, Colorado undersheriff was shot after a high-speed pursuit.
And it happened when the Trooper was trying to SAVE the person he had been chasing.
Here’s what happened. Undersheriff Steve Lowrance was one of the officers who responded to a high-speed chase on Highway 550 that started in La Plata County.
Eventually they were able to get the car to stop at approximately mile marker 67.
There were three people in the vehicle – one of whom was 30-year-old Amanda Christine Maes, the driver.
Lowrance realized upon approaching the vehicle that she was about to shoot herself. When he tried to stop her, she pulled the trigger. A bullet passed through the cheek of Lowrance, according to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. The woman died by her own hand.
Miraculously, he survived.
Lowrance was rushed to Mercy Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery.
The male passenger in the vehicle was questioned and released. The 31-year-old female passenger was arrested on warrants for unrelated charges.
Officer Shot In Abbeville, Louisiana
Louisiana State Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who they say shot an officer in Abbeville on Wednesday night.
They say it happened in the 600 block of N. Gertrude Street just before 8 p.m. after the female officer conducted a traffic stop.
Louisiana State Police Detectives say the suspect is 29-year-old Nahshon Ishmael Brooks, 29.
They say just after she pulled him over, Brooks shot the officer twice. She was airlifted to a nearby hospital and is listed in stable condition.
Anyone with information on Brooks’ whereabouts is asked to call Louisiana State Police at 337-262-5880.
Arizona Boy Charged With Trying To Kill Trooper
Thank God nobody was wounded in this shooting… but it’s an unbelievable story out of Phoenix, Arizona.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a 14-year-old boy was driving a car without headlights shortly after midnight Wednesday morning.
An Arizona state trooper tried to pull the driver over. They say the boy stopped the car and started firing shots at the trooper.
The trooper returned fire with his rifle and the boy took off. Nobody was hurt in the shooting, which happened in the area of 43rd and Maryland avenues.
Police say a Phoenix Police Department helicopter was able to track the boy to an alley, where he was arrested.
He’s now charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and misconduct with a weapon.