Georgia deputies killed in ‘ambush’ while serving arrest warrant

Two Georgia sheriff’s deputies were shot dead while trying to serve an arrest warrant on Thursday night, authorities say.

Cobb County deputies Jonathan Koleski, 42, and Marshall Ervin Jr, 38, were “ambushed” when they attempted to arrest two men wanted on theft charges, sheriff Craig Owens said at a press conference on Friday

Two suspects Christopher Cook and Christopher Golden were arrested after a four-hour armed stand-off with law enforcement.

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

“It’s very simple. My two deputies were ambushed this evening and killed,” Mr Owens told reporters, adding the officers were the first deputies killed in the line of duty in the county in 30 years.

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

“These two deputies served Cobb County with dignity and honour.”

Cobb County deputies Jonathan Koleski, right, and Marshall Ervin, left, were shot dead while executing an arrest warrant

(Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)

On Friday, authorities gave more details about the fatal shooting and stand-off just west of Marietta in Cobb County around 7.45pm on Thursday.

The two deputies had been attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a suspect who had failed to appear, Cobb County Police Chief Stuart VanHoozer said.

Nobody answered when they knocked on the door and rang the bell of a property at Hampton Glen Court and Fenwick Drive.

As the officers returned to their patrol vehicle, another car pulled up.

Mr VanHoozer told the press conference that a suspect inside the home opened fire, fatally wounding the two deputies.

The suspects then barricaded themselves inside, as officers in tactical gear surrounded the property.

They surrendered around four hours later.

Mr VanHoozer declined to say what led to the standoff ending with the two men arrested. The home’s front door out of its frame and windows broken, but he said there was no more gunfire after the deputies were shot and no other officers were injured.

Mr Koleski was a US Army combat veteran who had served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to 11Alive.

Mr Ervin was a married father of two.

The Cobb Sheriff’s Foundation has set up a fundraiser to support the families.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp paid tribute to the slain officers in a “Men and women like them bravely serve our communities every day, and we owe them a great debt of gratitude,” Mr Kemp wrote on Twitter.

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