A shootout in a Henry County dentist's office left a severely injured policeman on Thursday and the alleged murderer died.
The officer was rushed to the Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the face, police spokesman Capt. Joey Smith told AJC.com. The officer, who has not been identified, is a 10-year veteran of the force that works the day shift.
A Henry County policeman was shot and rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital on Thursday. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is on the scene in the 300 block of Jonesboro Road. The alleged shooter entered Smile Creators Family & Cosmetic Dentistry shortly after 8am and caused some kind of interruption, Smith said.
"I do not know if he was tied to work, I do not know if he was a client … something unusual about this gentleman scared them enough to call the police," he said.
It is not yet known if the man was armed with his own gun. It is possible that the officer was hit with his service weapon before he fired back, Smith said.
"It's very early," he said. "There may have been a fight with the officer's gun."
The agent is not identified until the shooting is reported to the family. Smith said his officers worked like any other.
"It's just part of the job," he said. "The agents manage it, the first rescuers are managing it, just like any other case."
The agents of the GBI are on the scene of an officer involved in a shooting in a dental practice on Jonesboro Road. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
Henry County authorities are asking drivers to avoid the Jonesboro Road and Wesley Lakes Boulevard near McDonough.
"The scene was assured," the police said on Facebook. "There is no high risk for public safety at this time.
This is the second shooting involving a Henry County policeman and a dentist's office. In 2016, a man was fatally hit by a Hampton dental office after he confronted his ex-wife, who worked there. The officer was not injured.
The Thursday morning incident is the 84th official clash in Georgia this year, said GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles. In 2017, there were 88 shots by the officers.
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Henry County police confirmed that filming took place on Thursday morning.