Georgia State Trooper Killed in the Line of Duty
Atlanta man charged with shooting Chadwick LeCroy, 38, of Marietta.
Flags are being flown at half-mast in honor of a Georgia State Patrol trooper from Marietta who died after being shot during an Atlanta traffic stop late Monday night.
GSP spokesman Gordy White said that the observance at Georgia Department of Public Safety facilities will continue through the funeral of Trooper Chadwick LeCroy, 38, who lived with his wife and two sons in the Marietta area.
Funeral arrangements are still incomplete and have not been announced.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday afternoon that an Atlanta man, Gregory Favors, 30, has been charged with the murder of LeCroy, as well as aggravated assault. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the suspect has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1999, and was arrested as late as Dec. 11 for a number of felonies, including cocaine possession, before posting bond.
LeCroy, who had been a trooper for two years, was shot once in the neck after approaching a Mazda that crashed at St. Paul Avenue and Hightower Road after 11 p.m. Monday. LeCroy was attempting to pull over the Mazda for a broken headlight when the vehicle sped away and a brief pursuit ensued.
LeCroy died while being rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital. The suspect fled the shooting scene in LeCroy's patrol car, then ditched that vehicle and was apprehended by Atlanta and Cobb police.
LeCroy had been with the GSP for two years, and was the first Georgia trooper killed by gunfire since 1975.
White said LeCroy served at a GSP post in Cartersville and later with its Night Hawks DUI Task Force before transferring earlier this year to the GSP Atlanta post located near the Charlie Brown Airport.
The Officer Down Memorial Page has more on LeCroy, including a place for the public to offer thoughts and leave condolences.