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Georgia officer recovering after being shot in ‘ambush style’ attack

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A Georgia police officer was shot Friday in an ambush style attack after responding to a 911 call.

The officer, identified by Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress as Randall Hancock, was taken to surgery and is recovering, ABC News reported.

The officer was responding to a call about a car break-in at around 8:00 a.m. when he reported he had been ambushed with gunfire immediately upon arrival, ABC news reported via the Associated Press.

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Stephen Paul Beck, was the person who made the 911 call, according to ABC News.

Hancock returned fire, striking Beck.

“We’re putting pieces together to understand what happened and why, developing witnesses,” Scott Dutton, a spokesman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. “There’s nothing to indicate there’s a connection to (the Dallas shootings).”

Childress was not so certain that there was no connection.

“You start to wonder,” he told the press. “But any motive of why this happened this morning, it would be speculation.”

The shooter was brought to a separate hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

“The officer called out on the radio screaming for assistance,” Childress said at a press conference Friday.

“I’m relieved that my officer is fine,” he said. “I am also equally relieved that the offender is going to make it.”

The officer is white and the race of the shooter was said to be Asian, according to ABC News.

Carmine Sabia


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