By Steve BurnsBo Emerson - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sept 4, 2018
A Covington police officer is fighting for his life after he was shot Monday while responding to a shoplifting call at a local Walmart.
The injured officer was identified as Matt Cooper, 34, a six-year veteran of the police force, according to the GBI. He is an Army veteran, married and a father of two young children.
Cooper was summoned to the Walmart in the 10000 block of Industrial Boulevard shortly before 12:30 p.m.
There, Cooper encountered Aaron Demonta Fleming, who was seen leaving the store with a bag in his hand, the GBI said. According to Channel 2 Action News, he was allegedly trying to steal bandannas from the store. Fleming, 21, ran across the street and behind another shopping center with Cooper in pursuit.
2 PM UPDATE FROM COVINGTON PD: - Covington cop has been flown to Atlanta Medical Center; his condition unknown -Two suspects in custody; a third suspect is dead -Officer was responding to a shoplifting call at Walmart. Three suspects ran behind the store and started shooting