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Fatal shooting leaves one dead and Georgia police officer in critical condition

An officer struggles with a suspect, both were shot in the struggle.

One single gunshot killed one man and critically wounded a Georgia police officer after a struggle between the two men.

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, the Henry County Police Department (HCPD) requested GBI to conduct an officer-involved shooting investigation that occurred at a local dentist office off Jonesboro Road in McDonough, GA.

An employee of the dentist office called 911 at approximately 8:07 am to report a man making a disturbance at the location.

An HCPD officer, Michael Smith, arrived on the scene and made contact with the subject, identified as Dimaggio McNelly, 53, of McDonough.

After speaking with McNelly, McNelly became combative and the officer deployed his Taser on him more than once. The Taser was ineffective.

McNelly lunged at the officer and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, one shot was fired, striking both McNelly and Officer Smith. Officer Smith was struck in the face, according to updated news reports. It is not known who fired the gun at this time.

McNelly was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to the GBI for autopsy, scheduled for Friday, December 7.

Officer Michael Smith was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital and is currently listed in critical condition. Officer Smith, who the rank of Officer 2, and has been with the department since 2011.

The GBI will conduct its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Henry County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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