Ribbon cutting held at new park named for local fallen officer

LOCUST GROVE, Ga. — Chase Maddox Park is now officially open to the public.

The new park in Locust Grove was named after Officer Chase Maddox with the Locust Grove Police Department.

In February 2018, Henry County Deputies Mike Corley and Sid Callaway went to the home of Tierre Gutherie about a failure to appear warrant involving one or more city citations that could’ve been cleared up by paying a fine. Instead, Maddox paid with his life.

At the time, Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne that the deputies spent 10 minutes in Gutherie’s doorway, trying to reason with him, but he responded with the kind of language used by sovereign citizens, many of whom refuse to accept the authority of the government.

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He said the deputies called for backup and Maddox responded. As they attempted to arrest Gutherie, a scuffle broke out. Gutherie retreated up some stairs, produced a gun, and, though his wife and children were in the house, he fired it.

Maddox was hit in the shootout and died at the age of 26.

On Thursday, the city of Locust Grove along with the police department, held a ribbon cutting at Chase Maddox Park, which is located along Tanger Boulevard.

The city invested about $1 million in the park that features paved parking, two enclosed dog areas, a rubber walking track, a pavilion with public restrooms and a grassy field for open play.

“Our family is profoundly honored with Locust Grove’s decision to name their new park after Chase. We will be eternally grateful to watch the citizens of Locust Grove and visitors live, laugh and play for generations to come,” Maddox’s widow, Alex Maddox, said. “Bradin, Bodie and I are looking forward to many picnics, play dates and the new friendships we will build within the space created in honor of their wonderful and completely loved Dad.”

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