Memorial service planned for slain Georgia police officer

February 14, 2018

This photo provided by Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows Locust Grove Officer Chase Maddox. Maddox was killed Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, and two deputies were seriously wounded in a shooting that also left a suspect dead south of Atlanta, authorities said. Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer said gunfire broke out as the officers were serving an arrest warrant at a home in Locust Grove, southeast of Atlanta. Locust Grove Mayor Robert Price identified the slain officer as Maddox, who had been with the department since he was 22. (Georgia Bureau of Investigation via AP)

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A weekend memorial service is set for a Georgia police officer killed in a shootout that also left two sheriff’s deputies wounded and the suspect dead.

The service for Locust Grove police officer Chase Maddox is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Glen Haven Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia, a funeral home announced Wednesday.

Maddox was shot three times, with the fatal wound to his head, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said, citing preliminary results of an autopsy.

The suspect, Tierre Guthrie, 39, also died. The autopsy showed that he was shot four times.

The gunfire erupted as the officers were serving an arrest warrant Friday at a home in Locust Grove, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta. Guthrie was wanted for failing to appear in court for traffic violations.

“Guthrie became combative and escalated the situation,” the agency said in a statement. The deputies called Locust Grove police for backup, and Maddox arrived within minutes. “A fight ensued resulting in Guthrie and the officers firing their weapons,” the GBI said.

Two Henry County sheriff’s deputies were wounded. One was released from the hospital and a second was in stable condition after surgery.

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