McDONOUGH — Officer Michael Smith has died from complications from injuries sustained from a gunshot wound suffered earlier this month.
The Henry County Police Department confirmed Smith’s passing on its Facebook page Friday morning.
“It is with deep sadness to announce that Officer Michael Smith passed away approximately 4:30 a.m. this morning at Piedmont Hospital (Atlanta, Georgia) due to complications from injuries he sustained from a gunshot wound in the line of duty,” the post reads. “Please keep the Smith family in your prayers.”
In a statement on Friday, Henry County Police Chief Mark Amerman thanked the public for their prayers for Smith, his family, and for the Henry County Police Department.
“Please continue to pray for Michael’s family during this difficult time,” Amerman said.
Funeral arrangements had not been announced by press time.
Smith was critically injured on the morning of Dec. 6 when he responded to a call at Smile Creators Family and Cosmetic Dentistry on Jonesboro Road in McDonough. The call concerned a man in the office behaving erratically.
According to reports, an altercation between the two ensued, and the suspect, later identified as DiMaggio McNelly, was Tased more than once, without effect.
According to the GBI, Officer Smith and McNelly struggled over Smith’s service weapon, and one shot was fired.
The GBI found that the same bullet from Smith’s service weapon struck both Smith and McNelly, 53, of McDonough, who died as a result of that gunshot wound.
A GoFundMe page had been set up to help out Smith and his family. More than $20,000 has been raised. The page can be found at gofundme.com/support-officer-smith-fund. According to the creator of the GoFundMe page, funds raised will still go to Smith’s family.
Smith’s death marks the second time in 2018 a police officer has lost his life in the line of duty in Henry County.
On Feb. 9, Locust Grove Police Officer Chase Maddox, 26, was killed while assisting two Henry County sheriff’s deputies who were attempting to serve a warrant at a home on St. Francis Court.
Smith had been a part of the HCPD force since 2011. He leaves behind a wife, Erin, and their 3-year old son.