GA Man Murders Cop in ‘Senseless Killing’

Seth Spangler is accused of killing Polk County officer Kristin Hearne as she and another officer investigated a stolen car found beside a road in rural Georgia.

Two police officers were shot, one of them fatally, when a man walked out of the woods Friday and opened fire as the officers investigated a stolen car found beside a road in rural Georgia, the Associated Press reports. The suspected gunman, Seth Brandon Spangler, was arrested a few hours later after he emerged from a patch of woods — this time wearing no clothes — and surrendered, Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd said. Spangler, 31, was wanted for a probation violation in a neighboring county. He faces felony murder and aggravated assault charges in the slaying of Polk County officer Kristin Hearne and the shooting of officer David Goodrich, whose bulletproof vest protected him from serious injury.

“I have no idea why he thought it was worth the life of a police officer who was just doing her job,” Dodd said. “It’s a senseless killing.” Goodrich had gone to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle just before 11 a.m., and Hearne came as backup. Spangler and Samantha Roof, 22, walked out of a wooded area toward the officers. When the officers began talking to them, they acted suspiciously and Spangler pulled out a handgun and shot both officers, said Vernon Keenan of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.