Friend: Slain Ga. officer the 'absolute kindest person'
Officer Kristen Hearne was fatally shot Friday when she and Officer David Goodrich investigated a car found beside a rural road
CEDARTOWN, Ga. — A Georgia police officer killed while investigating a stolen vehicle is being remembered as a devoted wife and mother who was always willing to help others.
Polk County police Officer Kristen Hearne was fatally shot Friday when she and Officer David Goodrich investigated a car found beside a rural road. Goodrich's bulletproof vest protected him from serious injury. The suspected gunman, 31-year-old Seth Brandon Spangler, was arrested a few hours later after he emerged from a patch of woods and surrendered.
Det Kristen Hearne of Polk County, Ga PD was shot & killed yesterday. She was an officer, wife, mom & friend. Our thoughts are with them all pic.twitter.com/k4e4RhdJWj— Bloomington Police (@BPD_MN) September 30, 2017
Nicole Smith, of Rockmart, has been a close friend of Hearne's since high school. Smith recalls the 29-year-old officer as "the absolute kindest person anyone would ever meet."
Police Chief Kenny Dodd says Hearne was a five-year veteran of the department who worked hard and loved her job.