Robert Price, the Mayor of Locust Grove and Chief Jesse Patton of the Locust Grove Police Department in Georgia, sadly report the death of Officer Chase Maddox.
Officer Maddox, 26, was dispatched to assist two Henry County Sheriff Deputies on an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court on a traffic violation in the Locust Grove Municipal Court.
Deputies Corley and Callaway went to the residence to serve the warrant. The deputies contacted the suspect and talked with him for about 10 minutes. When they determined the subject wanted on the warrant wasn’t going to go peacefully with them, they called for a back up.
Maddox responded to the scene to assist in the arrest. Shortly after he arrived, a confrontation erupted and the suspect obtained a firearm and shot all three officers. One of the officers returned fire and killed the suspect.
All three officers were transported to Atlanta Medical Center for emergency medical treatment. Sadly, Maddox succumbed to his gunshot wound at the hospital a short time after his arrival. His body was later taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Crime Lab in Decatur where an autopsy will be performed.
“It became apparent that the suspect was not going to go with police, which is why a Locust Grove officer was called in to assist,” said Henry County Sheriff Kenneth McBrayer.
One of the deputies is in serious condition, according to McBrayer, when a bullet struck him in the stomach about two inches below the vest.
Wade Corley said his brother, Henry County sheriff’s Deputy Michael Corley, was shot in the left side of his chest and the shot penetrated his bulletproof vest.
“Thank God for the bulletproof vest,” said Wade Corley, a pastor at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Griffin. “The bullet went through the vest and caught him near the right side of his ribs.
“Police officers don’t get paid enough for what they have to do,” Wade Corley said.
Corley said he was with his brother’s sons when he got the news.
“When I got the call, it was bad,” he said.
Corley said he brought the injured officer’s sons to the hospital so they could be with their father.
“He wanted to see his boys, and his boys wanted to see him to make sure he’s alright,” Corley said.
The GBI is releasing the names of the three officers in today’s Henry County shooting: Fallen Locust Grove Officer Chase Maddox, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies Michael D. Corley (pic 2) & Ralph Sidwell “Sid” Callaway (pic 3) pic.twitter.com/8lIDp7bRYt
— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) February 9, 2018
Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Locust Grove Police Department have requested GBI conduct the investigation into the shooting and killing of Maddox.
Chase Maddox served the Locust Grove Police Department for five years. He was also an active member of the National Guard.
He is survived by his expectant wife Alex, and their young son. Alex Maddox is due to deliver their second son next week.
Officer Chase Maddox is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Friday, February 9, 2018.