Georgia police and two women are among four killed after a bloody street shoot-out that shot a 12-year-old boy in the face
- Four people were killed in a bloody street shooting in Georgia Tuesday night
- The police officer among the dead has been identified as Field Training Officer Henry Laxon.
- He is the third in office killed in the line of duty in the last one month, the eighth this year.
A police officer and two women were among four people killed in a bloody street fire fighting in Georgia last night.
A 12-year-old boy was also shot in the face during a bloody shootout near the 3600 block of Jervis Court in Rex, Georgia.
The slain soldier was identified as Field Training Officer Henry Laxon, the third officer to be killed in the line of duty last month and the eighth this year.
Officers were responding to multiple reports of a drive-by shooting, gunfire and domestic violence at 8:40 p.m. ET when the fire broke out.
The boy covered in blood was met by police at the scene, who managed to escort the officers to the residence where the gunman was located.
When the police provided first aid to the child, the suspect opened fire on the officers with a pistol, forcing them to escape safely.
The slain policeman, identified as Field Training Officer Henry Laxon (left and right), was among the four killed in a bloody street fire fighting last night in Georgia. He is the third officer to be killed in the line of duty in Georgia in the past month
The gunman retreated into the house and was confronted by other officers who had reached the house from behind him.
Clayton County Police Chief Kevin Roberts said during a news conference at around 2.30 a.m. Wednesday that Laxon and the suspect were killed in an exchange of gunfire.
Another officer, identified as Alex Chandler, sustained a wound on his arm. Police later found two women dead from among the ‘several victims’ inside the house, the chief said.
The 12-year-old boy was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in a serious, but stable, condition in the early hours of Wednesday.
A 12-year-old boy was also shot in the face during a bloody shooting near the 3600 block of Jervis Court in Rex, Georgia (pictured)
Police said last night they received three reports before the shooting.
The first advice was a drive-by shooting near the 3600 block of Jervis Court in Rex; Another advised that a woman lying motionless in the yard turned the call into a shooting; And a teenage male advising the third was shot at a secondary location.
It was not immediately clear how the reports were linked.
Roberts said: ‘These men and women do a respectable job every day … and it’s unfortunate that we have to make these reports over and over again.
‘My heart goes out to every police officer and his family who go through such incidents. These things just shouldn’t happen.
Atlanta’s WSB-TV reported that officers gathered outside Grady Memorial Hospital, where Laxon was pronounced dead after the shooting.
Laxon was a veteran officer and a member of the county’s tactical team. He was applauded on several occasions, according to the Clayton County Police Department’s Facebook page.
Suspended Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill paid tribute to Laxon last night, describing him as “the best and unquestionably our best.”
He said: ‘Laxon exceeds all expectations of being a perfect police officer. I will miss your smile jawan very much. Rest easy son, the brotherhood will continue to guard from here.
Meanwhile, Roberts said he could not yet confirm the names of the victims because their next of kin had not been notified. An investigation is ongoing.
Laxon is the third North Georgia police officer killed in the line of duty since November, WSB-TV reports.
Henry County Officer Paramhans Desai was shot on November 5 while attempting to make an arrest. He died a few days later from his injuries.
Jackson County Deputy Lena Marshall was also shot on a separate call on November 5 when she responded to a domestic incident. He died on 8 November from his injuries.