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Wreath Laying Ceremony on one year anniversary of Detective Hearne's death
Friday, September 28, 2018- 11:22 a.m. 
STAFF REPORTS
 
On the One-year anniversary of Polk County Police Detective Kristen Hearne's death, the City of Cedartown will honor her memory with a Wreath Laying Ceremony. 
 
The Ceremony will be held at Prior Street Courthouse No. 1 starting at noon on September 29. 
 
Detective Hearne was fatally shot on September 29, 2017 providing back-up to a suspicious vehicle call. 
 
 
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released more information regarding the shooting death of Detective Kristen Hearne.
 
According to a news release, preliminary information indicates that Hearne was shot at least four times. Due to the location of the fatal wound, it is unlikely that a body armor vest would have prevented her death.
 
According to the GBI:
 
"At approximately 10:56 am, Officer David Goodrich was dispatched to a suspicious vehicle located on Santa Claus Road in Polk County. Goodrich identified the vehicle as being stolen from Tennessee. Detective Hearne also arrived on the scene to assist Goodrich. While checking on the vehicle, the two officers made contact with Seth Brandon Spangler, 31, and Samantha Roof, 22, who walked up from a wood line. While the officers were speaking with the two, Spangler pulled a handgun and fired. Goodrich was shot in his bulletproof vest. Hearne was fatally wounded.
 
Spangler and Roof fled the scene and a search of the area involving local, state, and federal agencies began. Roof was caught a short time later. At approximately 2:48 pm, Spangler appeared out of the woods and was arrested. Spangler and Ruth are charged with murder and aggravated assault. Both are being held in the Polk County Jail."