LODD: Ga. LEO dies weeks after being shot in the face

The officer died due to complications weeks after sustaining a gunshot wound during a fight at a dental clinic

Duty Death: Officer Michael Smith - [McDonough, Georgia]

End of Service: 12/28/2018

By PoliceOne Staff

MCDONOUGH, Ga. — An officer who was shot in the face during a disturbance call at a dental clinic has died due to complications from his injuries.

Henry County Officer Michael Smith died at a local hospital Friday, weeks after he was wounded in the line of duty, the Henry County Police Department announced on its Facebook page.


It is with deep sadness to announce that Officer Michael Smith passed away approximately 4:30 A.M. this morning at...

Posted by Henry County Police Department on Friday, December 28, 2018

Smith was injured on Dec. 6 after responding to a disturbance at a dentist’s office. During the call, Smith was speaking with 53-year-old Dimaggio McNelly, when the suspect became combative. Smith fired his stun gun multiple times, but it had no effect. 

During the struggle, Smith’s gun went off, striking both men. It’s not clear whose finger was on the trigger. 

McNelly was killed at the scene.

Smith was a 7-year veteran with the department.


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