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Atlanta police officer becomes shot and killed delivering drug warrant

February 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Atlanta police officer becomes shot and killed delivering drug warrant

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A suburban Atalanta police officer was shot and killed Thursday by an armed suspect while serving a no-knock drug warrant during a law enforcement operation.

Authorities said, Maj. Greg Barney, of the Riverdale police department, died from his injuries following unsuccessful surgery.

Riverdale police chief Todd Spivey said Barney sustained two gunshot wounds, to the torso and arm. Paramedics immediately rushed the officer to the hospital where he later died.

“We have lost an invaluable member of our family,” Spivey said.

According to Assistant Chief Michael Reynolds, the tragic incident occurred as Riverdale police officers assisted Clayton County police during an operation to deliver no-knock drug warrant at the Riverdale apartment complex around 11:15 a.m Thursday morning.

Reynolds said the male suspect, who name has not been released, fled out the back door, ran a short distance before being confronted by Barney, the assailant then pulled a gun and shot the officer twice.

Another officer, who confronted the attacker in the front of the apartment building shot and killed the armed man.

The city of Riverdale is located south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with a population of 15,000.

A probe of the shooting is currently being conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, according to GBI spokesman Scott Dutton.

Dutton said an autopsy will be performed Friday morning at GBI headquarters.

Barney, who served as the first African-American to be appointed Riverdale’s police chief in 2004 after accepting the interim position following the retirement of Mike Edwards.

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