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Man called 911, ambushed officer

Alfredo Watts | 10 July, 2016, 17:42

The shooting comes a day after five police officers in Dallas were fatally shot during a protest over recently deadly shootings by police.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said officer Randal Hancock of the Valdosta Police Department answered a 911 call about a vehicle break-in only to be met with gunfire when he exited his cruiser.

Investigators say a police officer was ambushed and shot Friday morning after the gunman called 911 and lured him to his Valdosta, Georgia home. Beck also told police he suffered from depression and had no hatred toward police during the interview.

Antonio Taylor, a 31-year-old black man who was paroled in 2015 after serving time on a federal weapons charge, was charged with assault of a police officer, armed criminal action and a felon in possession of a firearm, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Friday.

Police said officer Hancock was wearing a bullet proof vest and a body camera at the time.

Both men were transported to local hospitals and remain in stable condition, police said.

The individual was unknown to Officer Hancock at the time of the encounter and it was later determined the individual was Beck, the 911 caller. Childress and Dutton described Beck as an Asian male.

Zambaras said Beck had gone from being "angry" and "insubordinate" to a hard worker who took his recovery seriously.

"He left us in pretty good shape emotionally, physically and spiritually", Zambaras said.

At the time of the shooting, Beck lived at the Three Oaks Apartments where the gunfire erupted Friday.

"I'm relieved that my officer is fine", said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress. "He's in stable condition but he's in the ICU as a precaution".

The vehicle belonging to Beck was located by authorities last night and is no longer wanted.

A suburban St. Louis police officer was "ambushed" during a traffic stop Friday and critically injured when he was shot at least once from behind as he walked to his patrol vehicle to check the suspect's driving status, authorities said. "He was very active, pro-active and he looked good".

Childress declined to comment on any possible motive when asked about his officer being shot so soon after the Dallas attacks.

Preliminary findings indicate Scott may have targeted people and officers after being troubled by recent events involving African-Americans and law enforcement officers in other parts of the country.

"We are following the standard protocol and professional protocol ... that protocol is any time there is an officer-involved shooting, we call in an independent outside agency", Childress said.

The caller, later identified as Beck, said his auto had been broken into and police assistance was needed, the GBI said. News stories displayed here appear in our category for General and are licensed via a specific agreement between LongIsland.com and The Associated Press, the world's oldest and largest news organization. For the protection of AP and its licensors, content may not be copied, altered or redistributed in any form. Please see our terms of service for more information.