Police officer shot in Polk Co., GA


A second officer, David Goodrich, a rookie, was shot in his bulletproof vest and survived, officials said. She had a bulletproof vest in the vehicle, but Dodd said it's "not common for investigators to wear a vest all of the time".

In this case, police say, Hearne heard the call and went to help on her own because she knew the officer out there had only been on the job for six months.

Hearne was rushed to an area hospital, but later died.

Both Spangler and Ruth were booked into the Polk County Jail. Roof has been charged with felony offenses, the details of which have not been released.

Roof will also face felony charges, Keenan said.

Spanger had outstanding warrants out of Walker County for felony probation violation, Keenan said. The suspected gunman, 31-year-old Seth Brandon Spangler, was arrested a few hours later after he emerged from a patch of woods and surrendered. "I have no words for it".

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Chief Dodd pulled aside his entire staff Friday afternoon to brief them on the loss.

Hearne began her career in law enforcement almost a decade ago but had been serving in Polk County for five years. But for residents of Cedartown - and all of Polk County - Friday was sadly not a normal day.

"Kristen was the type officer to light up whatever room she was in".

"You always knew when she was present", he said. She was a graduate of Rockmart High School. Hearne leaves behind a husband, who is a police officer for the city of Aragon, Ga., and a 3-year-old son.

Hearne is the first Polk police officer to die in the line of duty.

Floyd County Sheriff's Office had nine officers and K-9 units assisting in the search, which reportedly shut down Santa Claus Road off Ga. Hwy. 100. He said he was overwhelmed by the support he received Friday from the law enforcement community in Georgia.