Officer Maddox's Widow Gives Birth Just Days After His Murder
Locust Grove, GA – Just four days after her husband was gunned down in the line of duty, the widow of slain Locust Grove Police Department (LGPD) Officer Chase Maddox gave birth to the couple’s second son.
Bodie Allen Maddox, who was named after his grandfather, was born on Tuesday, WSB reported. He and his mother, Alex Maddox, are both healthy, their friends said.
The family has received an outpouring of support in the wake of Officer Maddox’s murder, to include baby items, financial assistance, and meals.
The community was also working to help Alex to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van for her eldest son, who has unspecified disabilities and special needs, WSB reported.
Officer Maddox, 26, was killed on Friday morning, after he responded to the residence of Tierre Guthrie, 39, to back up two Henry County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) deputies that were serving a warrant, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Guthrie spoke to the officers, but refused to be arrested.
“It was made clear he had no intention of going anywhere with anybody,” HCSO Sheriff Keith McBrayer said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Gunthrie then opened fire on the three officers.
Deputy Michael Corley was shot in the vest, and Deputy Sid Callaway was hit in the abdomen.
Officer Maddox, who was shot three times, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, WSB reported.
The officers returned fire, and fatally shot the gunman.
"He didn't believe in our laws, he doesn't believe in our government and he doesn't believe that our rules or laws affect him," the sheriff said of Gunthrie during an interview with WXIA on Tuesday.
Both deputies are recovering from their injuries, and Deputy Callaway was recently moved out of the hospital’s intensive care unit, Sheriff McBrayer said.
Officer Maddox’s funeral arrangements have not been finalized, due to Brodie’s anticipated arrival, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Sheriff McBrayer told WXIA that the little boy’s birth was “a small glimmer of hope,” and that he hoped “people can start to heal.”