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Henry County Police officer dies after being shot at dentist office

Officer Michael Smith was shot in early December.

ATLANTA -- A Henry County Police officer has died after he was shot on Dec. 8 in McDonough. 

Officer Michael Smith passed away early Friday morning at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta after complications from the injuries. Henry County Police Department posted the announcement on their Facebook page and asked "Please keep the Smith family in your prayers.”

Smith was shot during a struggle at Smile Family and Cosmetics Dentistry on Jonesboro Road in McDonough. Police said a single bullet injured him and also killed the suspect.

Credit: Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Henry County Police Officer Michael Smith

Smith was transferred to the Shepherd Center earlier this month. After that, the family suffered another setback. Smith's wife fell and hit her head while visiting her husband at rehab at the Shepherd Center.

"She was rushed to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with having blood clots," Henry County Police Chief Mark Amerman said at the time.

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She had to undergo an emergency procedure which was successful, Amerman said, but she'll be spending several days in the hospital.

"Truly the Smith family is being tested, so I'm asking the community to please continue to send your thoughts and prayers to the...family," Amerman said.

A GoFundMe account has been established to assist the family.

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