Troup County, GA - Dashcam footage has been released of Deputy Michael Hockett being ambushed and shot by Matthew Edmondson on January 9th.
The video shows Deputy Michael Hockett arriving at Matthew Edmondson's residence to do a welfare check. Deputy Hockett climbed the gate and walked towards the house, away from his vehicle. A short time later, Matthew Edmondson arrived in his truck. Edmondson kicks the empty patrol car and opens fire on it. Deputy Hockett's microphone records him from the other side of the property announcing himself as a law enforcement officer in response to the sound of gunshots. Edmonson then got into his truck and drove towards Deputy Hockett where he ambushed the deputy on sight.The Troup County Sheriff's Office released the following summary of the incident:
Around 11:55 [January 9th, 2017] a Deputy with the Troup County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a residence on Jackson St in Troup County regarding a welfare check on an individual. When the deputy arrived he exited his vehicle to go around a fence toward the house and heard what he described as a banging sound. As he looked in the direction of the noise he saw a white male firing a gun at him. The deputy then retreated at which time the individual got into a truck and began driving toward the deputy. At that point the individual exited his truck and began firing at the deputy who announced to the person that he was a deputy and the deputy returned fire striking the male who then got in the truck and went back to the house.
The deputy, Michael Hockett, was struck by gunfire and was able to retreat to his vehicle and call for further assistance and was transported to West Georgia Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released a short time later.
At 6:25 PM the suspect, identified as 28 year old Matthew Edmondson, was arrested without further incident after coming out of the residence he had been held up in since the incident began. Edmondson was assessed on scene by emergency personnel and was transported to Columbus Medical Center for a gunshot wound to his shoulder.
The scene has been turned over to the GBI and charges are pending against Edmondson. Nothing further at this time.
It's not clear what the circumstances where that prevented Deputy Michael Hockett to be unable to return fire, but we're thankful that he was able to survive this ambush.
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