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Georgia Officer Shot in Early December Passes from Complications

A police officer who was shot during an altercation in early December has passed away

Henry County Police Officer Michael Smith died early Friday morning from complications from a gunshot would he suffered on December 6th.

On the morning of December 6th, staff at the dentist office called 911 to report a man acting erratically. Smith was the first to respond at a dentist’s office in McDonough and ultimately struggled in an altercation with 53-year-old Dimaggio McNelly.

Smith repeatedly tried to use his Taser on McNelly, but McNelly went for Smith’s service weapon and a single shot was fired, killing the man. According to the GBI, Smith was hit in the face with the same bullet that killed McNelly. He was was taken to the hospital and he had been recovering at the Shepheard Center Rehab facility recovering when he passed away from the complications early Friday morning.

Smith had been with the police department for seven years.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the Smith family and more than $26,000 has been raised.

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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