By Leon Stafford, Christian Boone and Alexis Stevens
ATLANTA — Chase Maddox was a natural-born police officer, said a childhood friend. The Georgia newlywed, whose second child is due any day, was the only one of Locust Grove’s 23 officers hired straight out of high school, a fulfillment of his desire to protect and serve.
Early Friday afternoon, Maddox, 26, was deployed to back up two Henry County deputies attempting to serve what they assumed would be a routine arrest warrant. But the suspect — who had failed to show for a court date — was recalcitrant and after about 10 minutes it was clear the deputies were going to have to force him out of his home on a nondescript Locust Grove cul-de-sac, Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer told reporters.