GBI: Single shot critically wounded officer, killed suspect at Georgia dentist's office

Officer Michael Smith with the Henry County Police Department is in critical condition after the GBI says he was injured and a suspect killed during a fight at a dentist office. (Image: GBI)

Authorities say a single gunshot critically wounded a police officer and killed another man as the two struggled after the officer responded to a report of a disturbance at a dentist's office southeast of Atlanta.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) spokeswoman Natalie Ammons told reporters the staff at Smile Creators in McDonough, Georgia called 911 a little after 8 a.m. Thursday to report a man causing a disturbance.

Henry County Police Department Officer Michael Smith responded and spoke to the man, identified as 53-year-old Dimaggio McNelly of McDonough. Ammons says McNelly became combative and the officer fired his stun gun several times but it had no effect.

Ammons said the shot was fired from the officer's gun as the two struggled after McNelly lunged at Smith.

Ammons said the staff at the dentist office didn't know McNelly and didn't know why he was there.

The GBI says McNelly was pronounced dead at the scene, and will be taken to the GBI for autopsy, scheduled for Friday, December 7.

Officer Smith was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where the GBI says he is in critical condition.

Henry County police Capt. Joey Smith told reporters that Michael Smith was shot in his "face/neck area."

Smith has been with the Henry County Police Department since 2011.


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