"This is a very sad day for the Polk County Police Department and the citizens of Polk County", were the words of Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd during a news conference about the fatal shooting of Detective Kristen Hearne, 29, and wounding of Officer David Goodrich.
Cedar Park in Polk County is located in northwestern Georgia.
One of the Polk County police officers had responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle about 11 a.m. Friday when a license plate check revealed the auto had been stolen, Atkison said. "She went out of her way to help anyone she could". She leaves behind a husband, a 3-year-old son, a mother, and a father.
"I don't understand why ... no idea why he thought it was worth taking the life of a law officer who was just doing her job", Dodd said. Hearne was a detective with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Polk County Police Department.
Police arrested Brandon Spangler after he allegedly led them on a manhunt.
Earlier in the day, Spangler and Roof came out of the woods and acted suspiciously as Hearne and Goodrich questioned them about the stolen vehicle, according to GBI Director Vernon Keenan. Kristen Hearne, was a five-year veteran, officials said. "It's a senseless killing".More news: How to Get the Most Out of National Coffee Day
Hearne was a graduate of Rockmart High School.
Hearne is the first Polk police officer to die in the line of duty. "And then those guys came out of the woods, and it happened so fast".
They were both shot as they approached the vehicle.
Spangler and Roof ran from the scene.
Spangler was wanted on outstanding Walker County warrants for probation violation, Keenan said.
He now faces felony murder and felony aggravated assault charges, Keenan said. Spangler was convicted in 2015 in Walker County of methamphetamine possession and a weapons charge, and was released from the state prison in Reidsville in August 2016 after serving little more than a year.