Dec 6, 2018, 3:53 PM ET

With 1 bullet, a police officer is shot in the face and a suspect is shot dead during a struggle: Officials

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With one bullet, a Georgia police officer was shot in the face and a suspect was shot dead during a confrontation Thursday morning, according to investigators.

It began when employees of a dentist's office called 911 around 8 a.m. Thursday to report a disturbance, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Natalie Ammons told reporters.

Henry County Police officer Michael Smith arrived and spoke with the suspect, Dimaggio McNelly, but "at some point the subject became combative," Ammons said.

PHOTO: Officials on the scene outside Atlanta, where an officer was shot, Dec. 6, 2018.WSB
Officials on the scene outside Atlanta, where an officer was shot, Dec. 6, 2018.

Smith deployed his Taser multiple times, but it wasn't effective, she said.

A struggle broke out when McNelly lunged at the officer, Ammons said, and one shot was fired.

With that one shot, both Smith and McNelly were struck, but it's not clear whose finger was on the trigger, Ammons said.

PHOTO: Police officer Michael Smith was shot while responding to a call, Dec. 6, 2018, in Georgia.Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Police officer Michael Smith was shot while responding to a call, Dec. 6, 2018, in Georgia.

McNelly was killed, Ammons said, while Smith was shot in the face and hospitalized.

Smith, who has been with the department for seven years, is in critical condition, Ammons said.

The dentist office's staff did not know McNelly, 53, or why he was at the business, she said.

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  • Armed and Psychotic Loner

    The bullet probably passed clear through soft face tissue and went on to strike the suspect in a critical area. That's another crucial fact the NRA seems loath to tell you -- when you shoot a bad guy with bystanders nearby, you just might hit them, too.

  • Prophet With Honor

    One bullet.
    Cop shot in the face.
    Other guy fatally shot ...where?

    I need some help visualizing this.

  • Gabrielle

    I'm glad the officer survived.

  • Omegacron

    The cop got shot in the face and STILL managed to shoot the perp... all with one bullet? That's pretty hardcore...

  • logical

    something tells me there are details not being reported in this story.

    /s

  • Lawrence Wilson

    Well at least the perp is once again a good guy without a gun, & can be buried that way.
    Hopefully the officer will recover fully & soon.

  • TenDude1963

    The cop should not have shot back. Multiple bullets flying around is worse than just one.

  • Prophet With Honor

    HOPEFULLY there will be a follow-up with clear details.

  • John S. Henchey

    How did he manage to shoot the suspect that shot the officer with his own gun?

  • allison kirkpatric

    Just your average day in Second Amendment Land.

  • π“œπ“Ύπ“­π“­π”‚ 𝓑𝓸π“ͺ𝓭

    As is typical these days, this breaking news report doesn't make a lot of sense. Does sound gruesome and terrifying, however.

  • Mick

    Guns a right that's wrong. Police and military ok. For the rest of society they can't be trusted.

  • rontron

    It would be nice to know how all this came about. Another headline with few details.

  • SpiceGirl

    Oh my.............

  • Bilbo Baggins

    Need to ban guns.... The #1 cause of cop death(on the job) is guns ...
    Thats the only way to protect these "alleged" heros .

  • lainsmo

    I hope the brave officer makes a full recovery. Glad the perp is gone.