UPDATE: GBI identifies officer killed in Polk County

Polk County Officer Kristin Hearne, killed in the line of duty. [courtesy GBI]

CEDARTOWN, GA (AP) – Authorities say they have captured a man they say shot two Georgia police officers, killing one of them.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said Friday that Seth Brandon Spangler surrendered to officers following a manhunt in Polk County, about 60 miles  (95 kms) northwest of Atlanta.

Seth Brandon Spangler [courtesy GBI]
Spangler faces charges of murder and aggravated assault in the slaying of 29-year-old Polk County police Officer Kristin Hearne and shooting of Officer David Goodrich.

Police say Goodrich was responding to a stolen vehicle call around 11 a.m. Friday and Hearne came as backup. Keenan said Spangler and a woman they identified as Samantha Roof came out of the woods and were acting suspiciously when questioned by officers. Keenan said Spangler then drew a gun and shot the officers.

Spangler surrendered to officers several hours later after a manhunt. He wasn’t wearing any clothes when he was arrested.

Keenan said Roof will also face charges.

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