A Georgia police officer is dead after an apparent ambush, while his colleague’s life was spared by his radio. Fulton County Police officer Terence Green, 48, was killed on Wednesday while responding to a call for shots fired. A second officer was shot in the hip, but suffered no injuries.
According to a report on CNN: “It was actually his radio—the bullet went through—the radio saved him. It penetrated the radio,” said Fulton Police Chief Cassandra Jones.
The incident occurred when police were searching a neighborhood after reports of gunfire from the home of Amanuel Menghesha, 42.
Menghesha allegedly fired at the officers without warning, authorities said. He “appeared to have gone on a rampage,” said Fulton County Assistant Chief Gary Stiles, who described it as an “ambush.”
Police said the officers were shot with an “assault style rifle.” Menghesha was then shot by other officers.
Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves released a statement after learning of Green’s death.
“This is a stark and sad reminder of the hard and dangerous work that our men and women in law enforcement embark upon every time they respond to a call. Oftentimes there is little indication of which calls could leave officers facing eminent danger. At this time, I ask that you pray for Detective Green’s family as well for the men and women with whom he served.”
Alfred Printup, who lives in the subdivision, said he was at work when the shots rang out. He was on the phone with his wife and could hear the gunshots.
“I just want to thank that police officer who gave his life to keep my family safe,” Printup said.