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Clayton County officer injured in shooting released from hospital

11:34 AM, Jun 9, 2013   |    comments
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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Clayton County police officer is recovering at home after an officer-involved shooting that killed a man Friday evening. 

Officer Melvin Snell, 39, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and has since been released.  

"He's doing well, I believe he's going to be facing surgery in the near future," said Major Joseph Woodall on Saturday afternoon.

The incident happened around 10:30pm Friday night  near the intersection of Upper Riverdale Road and Tara Boulevard after a patrol car was struck as a result of an unrelated collision.

According to Clayton County Police, a woman in a minivan with three small children inside rear ended Officer Snell's patrol car.

She said she was trying to get away from her estranged husband who was in a car behind her. Her vehicle was rear ended by him.

Officer Snell put the woman and children in his patrol car.  Investigators say the estranged husband fired several shots when Snell tried to stop him from fighting with her.  Officer Snell was struck in the right shoulder and grazed in the neck area.

Another officer happened to be patrolling the area at the time of the incident and responded to the shooting. The officer observed a Clayton County officer down on the scene and opened fire on the suspect, killing him. 

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