The deputy injured in a suspected mass shooting over the weekend has been identified by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Cpl. Daniel Podsiadly, a 30-year veteran law enforcement officer, underwent successful surgery at Grady Hospital and is now in stable condition. The sheriff has requested continued prayers for his recovery. Additionally, two Clayton County officers were injured during the incident involving the suspect, Andre Longmore, who was later killed by law enforcement.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported that Andre Longmore, a 40-year-old man, was accused of shooting and killing four people in the Dogwood subdivision in Hampton on Saturday. After a days-long manhunt, officers located the vehicle Longmore was driving. As law enforcement approached him, Longmore fired at them in what was described as an “ambush-type situation,” injuring Deputy Podsiadly. Longmore then fled in a Henry County Sheriff’s Office K-9 vehicle, abandoning it at Mount Zion High School before entering the Carriage Place neighborhood.
Law enforcement officers pursued Longmore into a home in the Carriage Place neighborhood. As they entered through the front door, two officers were injured. In response, authorities returned fire, ultimately killing Longmore. The police shooting is currently under investigation.
While the investigation into the mass shooting and subsequent events continues, the community mourns the loss of the four individuals killed in the Dogwood subdivision. Their names and identities have not been released at this time.
The incident has left the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the local community shaken. Sheriff Reginad Scandrett expressed gratitude for the support and prayers received during this difficult time. The injured officers from Clayton County have been discharged from the hospital and are recovering.
Law enforcement agencies are working diligently to gather evidence and determine the motive behind the mass shooting. The community is urged to remain vigilant and report any relevant information to assist in the ongoing investigation.