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Georgia police officer dies weeks after he was shot in the face in the line of duty

Posted: 7:10 AM, Dec 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-28 10:12:18-05
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A Georgia police officer died Friday morning, weeks after he was shot in the face in the line of duty, his department said.

Henry County Police officer Michael Smith, who was shot on Dec. 6, died Friday morning at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital due to complications from his injuries, the Henry County Police Department said.

"Please keep the Smith family in your prayers," the department said.

Smith was injured after responding to a disturbance at a dentist's office on Dec. 6.

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Smith arrived and spoke with the suspect, Dimaggio McNelly, but "at some point the subject became combative," Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Natalie Ammons told reporters that day.

Smith deployed his Taser multiple times, but it wasn't effective, she said.

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A struggle broke out when McNelly lunged at the officer, Ammons said, and one shot was fired.

With that one shot, both Smith and McNelly were struck, Ammons said. It was not clear whose finger was on the trigger, Ammons said at the time.

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McNelly was killed, Ammons said, while Smith was shot in the face and hospitalized.

Smith had been with the department for seven years.

Story courtesy of ABC News .