COBB COUNTY, GA — Two Cobb County sheriff’s deputies were killed in the line of duty Thursday, September 8 evening. The sheriff’s office says they were shot while serving a warrant on a Marietta-area home.
Two people were taken into custody after a nearly four-hour standoff.
Cobb County deputies ‘ambushed and killed’ serving warrant
Just after 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Cobb County deputies knocked on the door at a home on the corner of Hampton Glen Court and Fenwick Drive just west of Marietta.
"From my understanding, the deputies had made an attempt at the home, knocked on the door, rang the doorbell, (and) no one came to the (door)," said Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens. "As they were getting back to their car, the vehicle drove up, and they assumed it was the suspect who lived there, and as they got back to the car - as he got into his car - shots were fired."
It was around 7:48 p.m. when dispatchers first received a report something was wrong. The sheriff says the deputies were able to radio in the shooting to dispatchers.
"We have an officer down," a dispatcher broadcasted over the radio. It was quickly followed by a series of acknowledgments from law enforcement officers who were rushing to the scene.
Minutes later, firefighters and medics were dispatched as law enforcement began to arrive at the scene.
"Shooter is still inside. We don’t have any information on the perimeter yet," the dispatcher could be heard saying.
Sheriff Owens says it wasn’t immediately clear if both suspects were in the vehicle or if one was already inside the home, but what he did know was the manner in which his deputies were killed.
"My two deputies were ambushed and killed," said Sheriff Owens.
Around 8 p.m., it was reported seeing two ambulances escorted by a long line of police cruisers headed to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.
Deputies and officers from multiple agencies gathered outside waiting for any word on the injured deputies’ conditions.
The grim news broke just before 9 p.m. that both deputies had been pronounced dead from their injuries.
The officers' names have not been released at this time.