Officer shot and killed in south Georgia

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EASTMAN, Ga. (CNN) — A police officer was shot dead while responding to a call of a suspicious person in south Georgia, authorities said.

The shooting occurred Saturday night after the officer, Tim Smith, got the call in a residential area in Eastman, special agent Scott Whitley of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations said.

While on patrol, Smith encountered the subject and exited his car. That’s when he was fatally shot, Whitley said.

There is no suspect in custody.

Eastman is in Dodge County, about 130 miles from Atlanta.