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Clayton Co. Police investigating fatal hit-and-run accident


 

JONESBORO, Ga. — Police are searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed a 27-year-old woman.

Gayla Murphy was trying to cross Tara Boulevard near North Avenue on Feb. 26 when a black SUV struck her and continued driving, according to police. 

Emergency responders found Murphy lying on the side of the roadway and began treating her on site. She was transported to a local area hospital, but was pronounced dead around 7 p.m.

Investigators are now searching for the vehicle involved in the incident and say the car will have damage "consistent with striking a pedestrian."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Clayton County Police Department.

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According to Clayton County Police, emergency crews responded to a call of a child having trouble breathing at a home on Flint Trail Friday afternoon.

Police officer appears to record Facebook video while driving


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. – A Clayton County police officer could be in hot water over a private video he posted on Facebook.

The officer, Anthony Walker, sent the 10-second video using his private Facebook account. It shows him, in uniform while apparently driving in his police car, jokingly saying, “I can’t drive and Facebook. It’s illegal, it’s against the law. No. No."

The woman who received the video laughed at first, but the then criticized Walker, writing, "“This is Clayton County, Georgia police officer Anthony Walker making a mockery of Georgia state law by Facebooking while driving his police cruiser.”

Clayton County Police Chief Michael Register told 11Alive’s Jon Shirek that Walker admitted to the video and apologized.

A tearful goodbye to the 'Sheriff of Riverdale'


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Authorities find missing 16-year-old Jonesboro girl



UPDATE 12:55 p.m. – Authorities say they have located Vasquez.

JONESBORO, Ga. — Clayton County Police have issued a Mattie's Call for a missing 16-year-old Jonesboro girl and are asking for the public's help in finding her.

According to a news release, Kimberly Vasquez was last seen Friday during school hours at Jonesboro High School. Her family reported her missing after she never returned home from school that day.

Kimberly is described as a 5' 2" Hispanic female and weighs approximately 100 lbs. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a black jacket with gray leggings, black boots and a purple headband with a flower on it. Kimberly was also carrying a tribal-print backpack.

Fallen police officer takes final ride through Riverdale


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Slain Riverdale cop was shot 4 times


RIVERDALE, Ga. -- More information is coming out about how a police officer killed in the line of duty last week.

A press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said he was an "on-site supervisor who witnessed (the suspect) running from behind the apartment while the SWAT team made entry."

Preliminary findings from an autopsy report revealed Maj. Barney was shot a total of four times: the abdomen, arm, lower back and leg.

The injuries to the leg and lower back were discovered in the autopsy because they were not noticeable at the crime scene.

Family of fallen Riverdale police officer: 'We will miss him dearly'


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Riverdale Police Major Greg Barney was killed Thursday after being shot while assisting officers serve a no-knock warrant at an apartment.

Barney's family issued a statement Friday saying: 
"As you can imagine, our hearts are heavy with the sudden passing of our dear Greg. He loved his job and took great pride in protecting and serving the City of Riverdale. We sincerely appreciate all of your prayers, words of encouragement, and reflections. We also thank you for respecting our privacy during this sensitive time. Greg was a great husband, loving father to twin boys and a caring friend. We will miss him dearly." 

Police: Bulletproof vest would have covered area of fatal gunshot wound


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RIVERDALE, Ga. – The death of a Riverdale police officer points out the dangers of no knock search warrants. 

Riverdale Police Major Greg Barney died Thursday after being shot twice while assisting officers serve a warrant at an apartment.

While every facet of law enforcement comes with some kind of risk, trying to get into the home of a potential drug dealer or convicted felon can certainly up the stakes.