Hearne and Polk County Police Officer David Goodrich were investigating a stolen vehicle on Santa Claus Road Friday morning when authorities said Seth Brandon Spangler and Samantha Roof came out of the woods.
"Just a dirt road off a paved road that goes back to the lake", Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd said, describing the nondescript crime scene, located off Santa Claus Road and Ga. "... She still helped me and still took care of me". She leaves behind a husband, a 3-year-old son, a mother, and a father. "Kristin was the type of officer who lit up any room she was in".
Hearne was the first officer ever killed in the line of duty in Polk County, Dodd said.
Police arrested Brandon Spangler after he allegedly led them on a manhunt.
"This was obviously not his first run-in with the law", ABC News reported Dodd said at a news conference. She passed away from injuries suffered in the shooting. Kristen Hearne and Officer David Goodrich were investigating a vehicle found beside a rural road when a man and woman walked out of the woods. "It's a senseless killing". Keenan said Spangler and a woman they identified as Samantha Roof came out of the woods and were acting suspiciously when questioned by officers.
Hearne was a graduate of Rockmart High School.
Suspect in custody after shootings leave Polk County officer dead, another injured
"He came out of the woods with no clothes on and just gave himself up", Dodd said.
"He drew the gun before they even knew what happened", Dodd said.
Roof was apprehended a short time after the shooting.
The GBI director said Spangler, who was wanted on a probation warrant out of Walker County, will be charged with felony murder and felony aggravated assault.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that in 2015, Spangler had been convicted of methamphetamine possession and a weapons charge, but he was released from state prison in August 2016.