UPDATE: (3:31 p.mp. EST) – Suspect Seth Brandon Spangler is has been apprehended.
2:54 p.m. EST – Two Polk County, GA police officers were shot today, one fatally, and a manhunt is underway for the suspect identified as 5’8″ Seth Brandon Spangler.
Early reports indicate it was a female police detective who was fatally shot. Her male counterpart was struck in his vest. Two suspects are in custody while Spangler is being sought.
The officers were responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle that had been reported stolen to police. One officer had called the other to serve as backup and both were shot as they approached the vehicle, according to authorities.
The shooting happened Friday in Polk County, about 60 miles (95 kms) northwest of Atlanta, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a brief statement.
The GBI said in a follow-up statement that authorities are searching for a man last seen in the area who is “considered armed and dangerous.” The GBI did not identify him as a suspect, but advised residents not to approach him and to call 911 if he’s seen.
The agency used the National Blue Alert System to announce their search for the man. The system is used to foster communication between law enforcement and the public, and was created to support families of fallen officers.
Photos posted by The Rome News-Tribune showed officers gathering at a wooded area along a roadside.
No other details were immediately available Friday afternoon.
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