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Officer shot, suspect killed in Clayton County

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Officer Melvin Snell Officer Melvin Snell
The scene following a deadly "rolling domestic dispute" in Clayton County on Friday night. The scene following a deadly "rolling domestic dispute" in Clayton County on Friday night.
JONESBORO, Ga. -

A shootout on the streets of Clayton County on Friday night sends a police officer to the hospital and leaves a suspect dead.

The incident happened in the area of Upper Riverdale Road and Tara Boulevard around 10:15 p.m. Investigators tell FOX 5 News that it all started when a minivan slammed into the back of a patrol car driven by Officer Melvin Snell while stopped at the light. They say the woman driving that minivan was involved in a "rolling domestic dispute" with a man following her in another car. That third vehicle ended up crashing into the back of the woman's vehicle all stopped at the light.

The woman identified the man as being the father of her children to the officer who had gotten out of his patrol car just moments before the second crash.

Investigators say it was then that man jumped out of the car and accosted the woman in front of the officer. He tried to separate the couple and ended up getting into a fight with the man.

Police say the man then pulled out a handgun and opened fire on the officer, striking him in the shoulder.

A second officer arrived at the scene and was able shot stop the man.

Office Snell was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. The man, whose name has not yet been released, died at the scene.

The incident is still under investigation.

 
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