Two Georgia Police Officers Shot Dead In "Ambush"

Two Georgia sheriff's deputies were shot dead in what has been described as an "ambush" while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Thursday night.

Georgia Police Shooting
Deputies Jonathan Koleski, right, and Marshall Ervin, left, were shot dead while executing an arrest warrant

Cobb County deputies, 42-year-old Jonathan Koleski and 38-year-old Marshall Ervin Jr were "ambushed" when they attempted to arrest two men wanted on theft charges, sheriff Craig Owens said.

After a four-hour armed stand-off with police, two suspects, Christopher Golden and Christopher Cook were both arrested.

Cook has been charged with theft and Golden has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on an officer and murder.

Sherrif Owens said: "It's very simple. My two deputies were ambushed this evening and killed.

"It is a night of heartache for two families from the Cobb sheriff's office, two wives have lost their amazing husbands.

"These two deputies served Cobb County with dignity and honour."

The fatal shooting occurred at around 7.45pm just west of Marietta in Cobb County on Thursday. The two deputies had been trying to serve an arrest warrant on a suspect who had failed to appear, Police Chief Stuart VanHoozer said.

When the officers rang the bell and knocked on the door of a property at Hampton Glen Court and Fenwick Drive, no one answered. As the deputies returned to their patrol vehicle, another car pulled up. A suspect inside the home then opened fire on the officers, fatally wounding both of them.

The suspects then proceeded to barricade themselves inside the property before surrendering around four hours later.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp wrote on Twitter: "Men and women like them bravely serve our communities every day, and we owe them a great debt of gratitude."

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