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UPDATE: Georgia police officer shot in face at dental clinic, suspect dead

HCPD Officer Michael Smith/GBI

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MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — The GBI says Henry County Police Officer Michael Smith is in the hospital in critical condition after being shot this morning.

According to the GBI, officers were called to 378 Jonesboro Road in McDonough around 8 a.m. for a man making a disturbance. Officer Smith arrived on the scene and made contact with the man, identified as Dimaggio McNelly, 53, of McDonough.

"After speaking with McNelly, McNelly became combative and the officer deployed his Taser on him more than once," the GBI says. "The Taser was ineffective. McNelly lunged at the officer and a struggle ensued."

A shot was fired during the struggle, the GBI says, hitting both McNally and Officer Smith.

McNelly was pronounced dead at the scene. Officer Smith was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital and is currently listed in critical condition. Smith and has been with the department since 2011.

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UPDATE

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer is in critical condition after being shot in a dental clinic southeast of Atlanta during an encounter with a suspect who was killed.

Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland says the wounded officer was being taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta after the Thursday morning shooting. The officer's condition wasn't immediately known.

Henry County police were asking the public to avoid the area. They said in a tweet that the scene has been secured, and that there's no risk to residents.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles says Henry County police have requested that it investigate the shooting. She said GBI agents were responding to the scene.

No further details were immediately released.

Henry County is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.

Check back here for updates.

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