Marietta community ‘shocked’ after Cobb County Sheriff’s deputies killed
ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Neighbors in a Marietta neighborhood are in shock after hearing two Cobb County Sheriff’s deputies died in the line of duty on Thursday evening while serving a warrant.
Dozens of police cruisers were seen flying up and down a road in Marietta around 9 p.m. after two deputies were killed.
According to officials, the SWAT and FAST teams have responded to the scene near the intersection of Habersham Road and John Ward Road SW in Marietta.
“It’s just shocking of what happened here tonight,” said Javier Chavez. “I got phone calls about what was going on. Everywhere was blocked and I told someone to drop me off so I can walk and see what was going on. I heard police sirens. I live right outside the neighborhood. But I’m familiar with the house where this is taking place.”
Police officials issued a lockdown for nearby residents in Marietta
The deputies were rushed to Kennestone Hospital, where there is an active scene with multiple police cruisers outside.
Our CBS46 News cameras spotted a group of people standing outside the hospital, with some crying and emotional to hear of the two deputies’ deaths. CBS46′s Patrick Quinn was live at the scene where he says several law enforcement agencies from across Georgia huddled around the emergency room at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital on Thursday evening.
“It’s devastating about the loss of two cops today,” said Chavez.
Multiple neighboring authorities have responded to assist Cobb County Sheriff’s Office with this incident.
The sheriff’s office did not release any additional information such as the identities of the officers or the circumstances under which they were killed. Officials said more information would be released later.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, there have been “170 line of duty deaths in 2022 nationwide.” Officials say 46 of those deaths were “related to gunfire nationwide.” “In Georgia, there was six line of duty deaths prior to Thursday in 2022. None of them were gunfire related.”
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