Three arrested after officer killed in line of duty in Georgia

Three people were arrested Saturday after a Newnan, Georgia police officer was fatally shot while sitting in his patrol car, authorities said.

DeKalb County Police said in a tweet that authorities arrested two men and a woman. Police spokesman Waymon Jefferson said in a text message that “this is a result of extensive investigative efforts throughout the weekend.”

Both suspects were booked into the DeKalb County Jail Saturday, according to a jail official. One of the suspects has been charged with murder while the second is facing a charge of murder-suspicious circumstance, the official said. It was not immediately clear whether the suspects had attorneys.

The man shot and killed was 43-year-old Sergeant Curtis Billue, whose wife is a police officer, the Savannah Morning News reported. His wife also survived the shooting and was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The deadly shooting occurred around 8:20 p.m. Friday near the Newnan-Coweta New Airport, police said.

“This is a tragic and senseless act of violence,” DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said in a statement. “The Newnan Police Department and the Georgia Department of Public Safety, along with the FBI, are working together to ensure justice is served for the Billue family and for the member of the DeKalb County Police Department who was murdered in the line of duty last night.”

Witnesses told police they heard gunshots during an argument between a man and woman, News3 reported.

Billue’s killing was the third officer-involved shooting in the state this year, NBC News reported.

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