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GEORGIA OFFICER KILLED DURING TRAFFIC STOP, K-9 CRITICALLY WOUNDED

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A police officer in DeKalb County, Georgia, was fatally shot during a traffic stop Thursday, officials said.

The deadly incident occurred after the officer attempted to stop a vehicle. The operator got out of the car and ran, DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy told reporters, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. A foot chase ultimately ensued, during which “the suspect produced a handgun and shot the officer,” Conroy said.

The police chief confirmed the officer had died as a result of his injuries.

“I have sad news to report this evening,” Conroy said. “Tonight a DeKalb County police officer died in the line of duty serving the citizens of DeKalb County.”

A K-9 unit was among the responders who later arrived at the scene, Conroy said. The suspect shot the K-9 after law enforcement located him behind a business, the police chief said.

“Several officers returned fire” on the suspect, who “received several gunshot wounds,” Conroy said.

The suspect, described as an adult male in his 20s to 30s, also died, the police chief said.

Neither the officer, who Conroy said had been on the force for less than two years, nor the suspect was immediately identified.

The K-9 was taken to a nearby veterinarian for treatment and listed as in critical condition, Conroy said.

Aerial video showed a swath of police vehicles that arrived at the scene.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate the shooting, the agency tweeted.

Georgia Governor-elect Brian Kemp expressed condolences in a Twitter message.

“We are forever grateful for his service and sacrifice,” Kemp wrote about the officer. “Our prayers are with those who mourn.”

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