Georgia Officer Shot In Neck While Chasing Murder Suspect

by americaskeepersinc on April 05, 2020

COLLEGE PARK, GA – A automated license plate reader hit on a vehicle connected to a murder suspect led to both an officer and suspect being shot on Saturday.

At 10:40 AM the College Park Police Department received an alert on a vehicle associated with a murder that occurred in Clayton County, GA.

Officers located the vehicle and a pursuit began, which was joined by both the Georgia State Patrol and the Hapeville Police Department. The pursuit continued through multiple jurisdictions and shots were exchanged between the suspect and police.

The suspect, 32-year-old Edward Lee Cherry, crashed his vehicle near Toffie Terrace and N Inner Loop in East Point. Cherry opened fire on officers, striking Sgt. Charles Landrum in the vest. The projectile deflected upwards and lodged in his neck.

Sgt. Charles Landrum’s vest

The suspect fled on foot and was captured a short distance away.

Sgt. Landrum was transported to a local hospital where the projectile was removed. He is expected to make a full recovery. Sgt. Landrum is on the SWAT team, a 7 year veteran of the department and is currently assigned to the traffic division.

Cherry was treated for a gunshot wound and then booked at the East Point Jail on numerous charges including aggravated assault on a police officer.

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