Identity of Locust Grove officer’s killer released

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LOCUST GROVE, Ga. – The Locust Grove police officer who was killed on Friday has been identified as has his killer.

According to Mayor Robert Price, Chase Maddox, 26, was a five-year veteran of the Locust Grove police department after serving in the National Guard.

“He was a good young man who did a good job,” Price told 11Alive.

Price said Maddox and his wife were the parents of one child and were expecting another.

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According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, deputies Michael D. Corley and Ralph Sidwell Callaway were serving a bench warrant on a suspect, later identified as 39-year-old Tierra Guthrie for failure to appear in Locust Grove municipal court.

“It became apparent that the suspect was not going to go with police, which is why a Locust Grove officer was called in to assist,” said Henry County Sheriff Kenneth McBrayer.

An altercation occurred and Guthrie fired shots through the door, authorities said.

Guthrie was shot and killed by police on the scene, which was inside a home on St. Francis Court near the Tanger Outlet.

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The deputies were taken to Atlanta Medical Center. According to his brother Wade Corley, Michael Corley was released late Friday afternoon.

One of the deputies is in serious condition, according to McBrayer, when a bullet struck him in the stomach about two inches below the vest.

“Thank God for the bulletproof vest,” said Wade Corley, a pastor at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Griffin. “The bullet went through the vest and caught him near the right side of his ribs.

“Police officers don’t get paid enough for what they have to do,” Wade Corley said.

Corley said he was with his brother’s sons when he got the news.

“When I got the call, it was bad,” he said.

Corley said he brought the injured officer’s sons to the hospital so they could be with their father.

“He wanted to see his boys, and his boys wanted to see him to make sure he’s alright,” Corley said.

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There were multiple social media discussions about a second active shooting situation at Summit Racing in McDonough. Police told 11Alive there was not an active scene and was not connected to this incident.

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