A man wanted in connection with the killing of four people in Hampton, Georgia, was shot and killed by police on Sunday, authorities said.
The man, Andre LongmoreThe 40-year-old was found about 12 miles north of town, where he was pursued by officers Sunday afternoon, and returned fire before being « neutralized, » said Henry County Sheriff Reginald B. Scandrett, a a Press conference.
« The monster is dead, » Sheriff Scandrett said, noting that two officers were also wounded in the shooting and that one of them, shot in the back, had been taken to the hospital, where he was conscious and talking. “The entire state of Georgia can breathe easy tonight. The suspect is off track,” he said.
The shooting ended a manhunt for Mr. Longmore that lasted more than 24 hours after the fatal shootings of four people in the town of Hampton, about 35 miles south of Atlanta, Saturday morning.
The shooting occurred between 10:45 and 10:55 in a residential neighborhood, Hampton Police Chief James Turner said at the news conference.
The four people killed, Turner said, were Scott Leavitt, 67; his wife, Shirley Leavitt, 66; Steve Blizzard, 65, and Ronald Jeffers, 66. The Leavitts and Mr. Blizzard resided on Dogwood Lakes Drive, and Mr. Jeffers, on Dogwood Ridge Drive, he said. It is unknown if they had any connection to the gunman. His motive also remains unknown.
After the shooting, law enforcement agencies throughout the Atlanta metro area were looking for Mr. Longmore, who was last seen driving a black GMC Acadia SUV. The boss said the vehicle didn’t belong to Mr. Longmore.
The sheriff’s office had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and trial, the sheriff said.
« The past 36 hours have been very sad and surreal for this community, » City Administrator Alex Cohilas said at the press conference. “Yesterday will certainly be remembered as one of the saddest in the 150-year history of this city”.