Lithonia, GA – Police are searching for an “armed and dangerous” man who murdered his girlfriend and then shot a DeKalb County police officer multiple times early on Thursday morning.
DeKalb County Police Major Jerry Lewis said officers responded to a call for a person shot on Highland Corners Cove at about 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 1, WXIA reported.
Maj. Lewis said that as police arrived on the scene, they were ambushed by a man who was hiding between two of the homes and “immediately fired upon” officers.
A neighbor who was driving by when the gunman opened fire stopped to help the officer he saw go down, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“That’s when I put my car in park and was helping that officer,” Cleveland Dollison told WSB. “They laid him down in the neighbor’s yard, she came out, we got towels, and we just tried to help, do what we could.”
Dollison said he helped to put a tourniquet on the wounded officer’s leg.
The officer, who was shot multiple times, was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Maj. Lewis said that when SWAT officers searched the home, they found Walker’s girlfriend suffering from gunshot wounds.
She died at the scene, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
A manhunt is underway for the shooter, whom police identified as 27-year-old Otis Walker.
Numerous SWAT and police officers were combing the neighborhood located off of Browns Mill Road, east of Snapfinger Road, early on Thursday morning searching for Walker, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
DeKalb County Superior Court records showed that Walker has been arrested multiple time since 2015 on charges ranging from aggravated assault to burglary.
He had most recently been released from jail on July 13 after being arrested for domestic violence on July 11, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Spokeswoman Nelly Miles said the state agency had been called in to investigate.
Police have asked anyone who has information, or who sees Walker, to call 911. The suspect is considered “armed and dangerous” and should not be approached.
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