Police Officer Terence Avery Green Fulton County Police Department, Georgia End of Watch: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Police Officer Terence Avery Green | Fulton County Police Department, GeorgiaFulton County Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Terence Avery Green

Fulton County Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Biographical Info

Age: 48
Tour of Duty: 22 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 4, 2015
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Shot and wounded

Agency Contact Information

Fulton County Police Department
5440 Fulton Industrial Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30336
Phone: (404) 613-5711

Police Officer Terence Green was shot and killed from ambush as he and other officers responded to reports of shots fired inside a house near the intersection of Chastain Way and Parks Trail at approximately 1:00 am.
The subject who lived in the home was known to police through frequent contacts with the department. Responding officers were unable to locate him inside the home and began searching the neighborhood after receiving additional calls stating the man was attempting to get into nearby homes.
As officers checked the area the man opened fire on them from a concealed position in the dark and fog. Officer Green was struck in the back of the head and another officer’s duty belt and radio was struck as they attempted to seek cover. Other officers returned fired, wounding the man, and then took him into custody.
Officer Green was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.
Officer Green had served with the Fulton County Police Department for 22 years.

The veteran Fulton County police officer shot in the head and killed early Wednesday in what the assistant chief described as an ambush-style attack has been identified as Det. Terence Avery Green.

“Detective Green dedicated 22 years of service to our department and the citizens of Fulton,” County Commission Chairman John Eaves said in a statement. “This is a stark and sad reminder of the hard and dangerous work that our men and women in law enforcement embark upon every time they respond to a call.”

According to Green’s public Facebook profile, he was 48 years old and studied criminal justice at Morris Brown College, graduating in 1989.

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. at a home on Chastain Way, in a neighborhood off Cedar Grove Road.

Channel 2 Action News reported that Green was among several officers responding to a call that shots had been fired inside the home.

By the time officers arrived, the gunman had left the home and was roaming the neighborhood, the station reported.

The officers were immediately fired upon, and as they ran for cover, Green was shot in the back of the head, according to Channel 2.

A second officer was also hit, but the suspect’s bullet struck his duty belt area, shattering his police radio but not wounding the officer, the station reported.

“It was dark and it was foggy,” Fulton police Assistant Chief Gary Stiles told Channel 2. “They were doing their job, trying to protect this neighborhood from somebody that was shooting, and the way it appears to me, they were ambushed without warning.”

The gravely wounded officer was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Other officers returned fire, wounding the suspect, identified by Channel 2 sources as Amanuel Menghesha.

Menghesha was also taken to Grady, and was alert and conscious.

Well after daybreak, police continued to examine a crime scene that spanned about three blocks. Menghesha’s home on nearby Parks Trail was surrounded by police tape, and Stiles said police recovered the suspect’s weapon, described as a “long gun.”

Menghesha was known to police from previous alcohol-related calls to his home, Channel 2 reported.

“I got a call tonight that every police chief dreads and prays never happens,” Fulton police Chief Cassandra Jones said from outside Grady Memorial Hospital. “I got a call that I had lost one of my officers.”

Jones, who described Green as “a very dedicated officer,” asked that the community “please be with us and pray for us. We have to pray for all our family members, and the officer’s family members foremost.”

During his 22 years on the force, Green worked in “many divisions of the police department,” Jones said. “We’re all grieving terribly. We’re probably not handing it well, but we’re trying to stay strong.”

Stiles echoed the chief’s sentiments.

“I think you can guess where my heart’s at,” Stiles said. “It’s heartbreaking. The men and women of this department obviously are going to be heartbroken over it.”

Nichols, on trial for rape, overwhelmed a deputy and burst into a courtroom, killing Fulton Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes and his court reporter Julie Brandau. While escaping, Nichols shot and killed Teasley, another deputy outside the courthouse.

Alfred Printup lives on the street where Wednesday’s shooting happened. He said that as he arrived home from work a little after midnight, police told him that there was a gunman loose in the area.

“They asked me if I could leave the area until they had him in custody,” Printup told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Once I left the area, I called my wife to let her know there was a gunman loose in our neighborhood, and as I was talking to her, we heard the gunfire going off,” he said. “We heard about three volleys of rounds going off at different times.”

He said the incident was “very frightening” for his wife. “At the time, she and my son took a position on the floor just to stay low and get out of the way of a possible stray round.”

Printup, who has lived on Chastain Way for eight years, said news of the Green’s death “broke my heart, to know that he cared enough to give his life protecting my family and my community.”

Green is survived by his parents, his four sons, and other family members


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