Fox Atlanta has reported that a 5 year veteran of the Polk County Police Department was gunned down on Friday morning.
Detective Kristen Hearne, 29, was helping another officer on a stolen vehicle. Police then say that a man and a woman walked out of the dark woods. A spokesperson for the George Beauteau of Investigation remarked that the man, Brandon Spangler, spoke briefly with Hearne and Officer David Goodrich before he began firing at both officers.
It was an ambush. The officers were taken by surprise, and the killer began shooting before they could figure out what was happening. Officer Goodrich was able to fire off a round at Spangler as he and his female accomplice, Amanda Rush, fled the scene. A massive manhunt pursued.
Officer Hearne was rushed to an area hospital and later died.
"She went on scene to help him assist in recovering the stolen vehicle and lost her life in a tragic incident, for no reason at all," said Chief Dodd, according to Fox Atlanta.
Ruth, the female accomplice, was quickly captured. But Spangler eluded capture for most of the day. Eventually, he walked out of the woods naked around 2:45 pm near a group of officers, who were stationed at the edge of the woods to keep an eye out for him.
Both Spangler and Rush were brought to the Polk County Jail.
Spengler, who has a long criminal history, will be charged with felony murder and felony aggravated assault. Ruth also faces numerous charges.
"I don't understand why,” Chief Dodd said, according to Fox Atlanta. “This is obviously not his first run-in with the law. I have no idea why he thought it was worth taking the life of a police officer who was just doing her job. I have no words for that. It’s a senseless killing."
Officer Hearne was a graduate of Rockmart High School. She left behind a husband, 3-year-old son, mother, and father. Her husband works for the Aragon Police Department.
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