CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — The Clayton County Police Department has identified one of its own who died from injuries sustained in an accident on Monday morning.
A spokesperson for the department said that Armondo Mendoza was the officer who died after a wreck at Tara Boulevard and North Main Street. Police said they responded to the area around 9:40 a.m. to reports of a two-car accident. It was there that they learned that Mendoza was seriously injured. Sadly, he did not survive those injuries.
Authorities said Mendoza had been with the Clayton County Police Department for a little over a year. Before he was on the force, he had come to the department alongside his mother to cater an event. That's when, they said, he realized he wanted to become an officer.
Gov. Brian Kemp, on Monday night, released a short statement honoring the officer's memory.
At this time, the Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the crash. Police haven't identified the other driver involved in the crash but said that person was also taken to the hospital in serious condition.