• Corrections officer identified as victim killed by boyfriend

    By: Tom Regan

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    CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A murder suspect is now in custody after police say he shot his girlfriend and stabbed a police K-9 unit during a manhunt.

    On Monday afternoon, police identified the victim as Amber Wilson, 27, an Irwin County detention officer who was the man's estranged girlfriend.

    Channel 2 Action News was there as investigators caught up with 31-year-old Randy Young and handcuffed him and put him in a patrol car.

    "She has had an incident with him before, and she asked me to call the cops before and I did. And now for this to happen, it's just heartbreaking," a neighbor said.

    Police said the shooting happened inside the Brookstone Apartment complex in Clayton County at around 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

    According to police, Irwin went to his home with a family member to pick up her personal items.

    "It does appear that she was in the process of separating from the relationship. She was attempting to leave," a detective told Channel 2's Christian Jennings.

    The family member told police the suspect and the woman got into an argument, and then the suspect shot her several times with a handgun.

    Wilson died as a result of her injuries, according to police.


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    A K-9 unit tried to search for Young and police said he stabbed the dog twice.

    The dog was taken to a nearby animal hospital where veterinarians were able to stabilize it.

    The K-9 is out of surgery and recovering.

    "It's just a horrific incident. Of course our K-9s are considered family. They protect our officers and stand by our side during incidents like this," a detective said.

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