ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia police officer gunned down after a traffic stop and foot chase east of Atlanta was shot multiple times by an assailant who also opened fire on a police dog named Indi, who is in stable condition, state officials said Friday afternoon.
The slain lawman was identified as DeKalb County police officer Edgar Isidro Flores, 24, who graduated from the police academy last year. He had been hired by the suburban police force in May 2017 and graduated from the academy about six months later.
The suspect, who was shot by officers, was also killed in the Thursday evening gunfire.
In an update on the case, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Brandon Taylor, 33, of Decatur ran from a traffic stop before killing officer Flores in a parking lot.
Taylor ran again and hid in a pile of tires, then opened fire on the dog named Indi who had tracked him there, the GBI said. The agency says three SWAT officers then fired at Taylor, who was later pronounced dead.