Trooper Chadwick LeCroy, 38, of Marietta, was stationed at Post 48 in Atlanta and belonged to the Criminal Suppression Unit.On Monday, LeCroy tried to stop a vehicle on Bolton Road. Investigators said the driver refused to stop.
A short chase ensued, ending with the driver crashing his 2007 Mazda at the intersection of St. Paul Avenue and Hightower Road in northwest Atlanta.When LeCroy approached the car, the driver began fighting with him, police said.“Shots were fired.
Our trooper was struck multiple times and is deceased because of those wounds,” said Maj. Mark McDonough of the Georgia State Patrol. Officials said LeCroy was shot twice in the face and died while being taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
Investigators said that after the shooting, the man jumped into the trooper’s squad car and ditched it several blocks away near Gun Club Drive.Not far from the scene, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents found a gun, believed to be the one used in the slaying, on top of an apartment building roof.Atlanta police, with the assistance of Cobb County police, took the man into custody.“
The violator has been identified, and we do have a suspect in custody at this time,” said McDonough.The man’s name has not yet been released.
LeCroy is the first trooper to be killed by gunfire in 35 years and the 27th Georgia State Trooper to be killed in the line of duty, officials said.
LeCroy leaves behind a wife and two sons.