COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Two deputies with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office were killed Thursday evening after being shot, Sheriff Craig D. Owens said.
Owens said the deputies were serving a warrant on Thursday night when they were ambushed.
Cobb County court officials identified the men arrested Friday as Christopher Cook and Christopher Golden. The two made their first appearance in court on Friday afternoon.
The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and the Cobb County Police Department held a joint press conference immediately following the first appearance.
Investigators identified the deputies as Jonathan Koleski and Marshall Ervin, Jr.
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“What I can tell you in this moment is this — in plain terms it is simple, my two deputies were ambushed this evening and killed,” Owens said. “The two suspects we believe are the perpetrators of this crime are currently in custody and are being held at the Cobb County Police Department for questioning.”
The sheriff’s office clarified Friday that the deputies were at the Marietta home to arrest Cook on an outstanding warrant for felony theft by receiving. As they were attempting to take him into custody, Golden started shooting at officers from inside the home. The deputies fired back, but both were shot and killed.
Golden has been charged with three counts of felony murder and three counts of aggravated assault of an officer.
Full news conference | Two Cobb County deputies ambushed, killed
No additional charges have been brought against Cook, but the sheriff’s office said the investigation is ongoing.
The two deputies, Owens said, had both been with the sheriff’s office for more than five years. Ervin was the father of two children.
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