Troup County, GA - Troup County Deputy Michael Hockett was shot multiple times on Monday in an ambush attack.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Deputy Michael Hockett responded to the home of the suspect, Matthew Edmonson, age 28, for a welfare check. The incident occurred on Jackson Street near West Point, at about 12:00 PM. Edmonson's family had called the Sheriff's Office and asked someone to check on him, and stated that he was having a psychotic episode.
Sgt. Stewart Smith, Troup County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said “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." When Deputy Hockett went to investigate the sound, he was ambushed by Matthew Edmonson and shot multiple times with a shotgun. Troup County Deputy Hockett retreated, and Edmonson got into a truck and began driving toward him.
Matthew Edmonson then got out of the truck and began shooting again at Deputy Michael Hockett, who returned fire. After the gunfight, Edmonson ran back into the residence, barricaded himself inside, and a standoff began which lasted six hours. A pistol and a long rifle were later found inside the residence. Friends, family, and law enforcement officers talked to Edmonson behind cover during the six hours and finally convinced him to turn himself in. He was taken into custody with no further problems.
Troup County Deputy Michael Hockett was transported to West Georgia Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He was struck by the shotgun blast in the forehead, elbow, and waist. Multiple agencies responded to assist including the FBI, GBI, local police and a SWAT team.
This was not the first time that Troup County Deputies had been called to check on Edmonson. It was the first time that he had turned violent. Charges are pending against Edmonson. Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff credited officers for “not rushing in to make a quick decision.” He also said that “Officers everywhere need to be careful about what they are doing."
Matthew Edmonson was shot in the shoulder by Deputy MIchael Hockett during the gunfight and was also transported to a local hospital for treatment. No one else was injured. It is unknown at this time who owned the guns but the investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Troup County Deputy Michael Hockett. Thank you for your courage and commitment to serve the residents of Troup County, Georgia.
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