A correctional officer in Georgia was shot and killed after officers shot men suspected of trying to smuggle smuggled items onto the grounds of a prison.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a press release that the shooting occurred in the vicinity of Washington State Prison near Davisboro, about 120 miles (195 km) southeast of Atlanta.
The state agency said K-9 officers at the Georgia Department of Corrections were responding to a drop in suspected smuggling. The GPI said in a press release that the officers got into shooting with 26-year-old Markovius Rashoud Parks of Athens. Parks are found dead in a nearby pond.
An officer was shot and treated at a hospital in Augusta for non-life-threatening injuries.
Law enforcement officers took another man, John Frank Snow, 51, of Monroe, into custody. The state agency said there were several charges pending against Snow, including murder and aggravated assault charges against a peace officer.
It is not immediately clear if Snow has a lawyer.
The GBI Medical Examination Office will perform an autopsy in the gardens. GBI said investigators believed that items found at the scene were intended to be smuggled into the prison.
The agency did not say what the elements were. The state law enforcement agency is investigating the shooting incident at the request of the prison system and the Washington County Police Office. The results will be submitted to the Washington County District Attorney’s office.