Mar 05, 2015 —
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. –A police officer was killed in the line of duty early Wednesday morning in south Fulton County and a second officer was injured.
Fulton County Police tell us they originally went to a home in the 7200 block of Parks Trail in Fairburn around 12:40 a.m. regarding shots being fired inside a home. The call came from a person inside the house, according to police.
When officers arrived to the home the shooter, who has been identified as Amanuel Menghesa, had already left.
Investigators say they received numerous calls after that about shots being fired in the neighborhood. According to police, Menghesa, who appeared to be drunk, was banging on doors trying to get into other homes.
More officers arrived on scene and searched the neighborhood for the suspect. At some point, officers came under fire without warning from the suspect and that’s when Detective Terence Avery Green was shot. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died.Green was a 22-year-veteran with the Fulton County Police Department. He is survived by his parents, four sons and other family members.
“This is a stark and sad reminder of the hard and dangerous work that our men and women in law enforcement embark upon every time they respond to a call,” said Fulton Count Board of Commissioners Chairmen Eaves. “At this time, I ask that you pray for Detective Green’s family as well for the men and women with whom he served.”
Wednesday morning, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners meeting started in a moment of silence.
“In honor of this officer, respect to the family, let us all have a moment of silence for his great and dedicated work to our county and let us keep him in our prayers,” said Eaves. See the video above.
A second officer was also shot in the incident. The shot hit his belt and police say he’s okay.
According to police, Menghesa was shot by officers during the ambush and was also taken to Grady. No word on his condition at this time.
A vigil will be held at the scene on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Remembering Det. Green
Brenda Graves pointed to several bullet holes at the back of her home.
“Three shots there that came through came from that window over there”, said Graves.
It was gunfire which ultimately led to the death of Fulton County Police detective Terence Avery Green.
Graves and other residents of the Fairburn subdivision told us Detective Green was a well-known regular at their home owner association meetings.
“I know he attended a lot of our HOA meetings that we had. It’s really sad particularly because he is here to protect and serve and then you know we’re here where he’s protecting us and we can’t do anything for him”, said Graves.
The 48 year old was a 22 year veteran with the Fulton County Police Department.
His friends described him as full of life, quick with a smile and a helping hand.
His colleagues say Green represented what’s best of the men and women who wear a badge.
“A bright shiny light has been extinguished. Our loss is immeasurable the pains that we feel are sharp”, said Chief Cassandra Jones of the Fulton County Department.
Close friend John Fleming said Green was a father of four boys who attended church in East Point.
“He’s gonna truly be missed. He loved his family, he loved his boys, he loved the church, he loved his friends. He was a good guy, a real good guy”, said Fleming. “He was our buddy he was truly our friend.”
Chairman John Eaves with the Fulton County Commission said Detective Green paid the ultimate price.
“The detective gave the ultimate sacrifice trying to protect residents of our community, trying to protect citizens”, said Eaves.
Friends of Detective Green said they plan to hold a candle light prayer vigil starting at six Thursday night at the crime scene on Chastain Way in Fairburn.
Troubled past for suspect
Police say the man who shot Detective Terrance Green has a history of violence and a troubled past.
Police say Amanuel Menghesha went on a shooting rampage through his south Fulton County subdivision. Police say officers were ambushed. Detective Green was killed. Another officer was also shot, but the bullet hit his duty belt. Menghesha was shot in the melee and taken to the hospital.
Menghesha has been arrested by Fulton County Police before. Just three months ago he was arrested after his fiancé reported he tried to strangle her and his own daughter. According to a police report, the woman told police Menghesha brandished a gun and bullets and told relatives he had a bullet for each one of them.
The mother of Menghesha’s fiancé told FOX 5 he has an alcohol problem and needs rehab. Debbie Moore says police have been called to the home many times. “One time my son had to get a gun out of his hand” says Moore.
Moore says she’s incredibly sad about Detective Green’s death. She says she wants to cry when she thinks of his family. She says all around, it is a tragedy “Somebody’s life has been taken and the community is in turmoil. I just pray for peace in this neighborhood, peace.”
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