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Two Georgia sheriff’s deputies killed while serving warrant: Police

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(COBB COUNTY, Ga.) -- Two Cobb County sheriff's deputies in Georgia have been killed while serving a warrant, officials said Thursday night.

Cobb County Sheriff Craig D. Owens said at a press conference late Thursday that the two were "ambushed" when they went to deliver the warrant.

"What I can tell you in this moment is this -- in plain terms, it is simple, my two deputies were ambushed this evening and killed," Owens said. "The two suspects we believe are the perpetrators of this crime are currently in custody and are being held at the Cobb County Police Department for questioning."

The deputies were shot after exiting their vehicles, Owens said, with one person opening fire from inside the house and another from a nearby car.

The warrant was being served for failure to appear by theft of deception, the sheriff said.

Earlier in the evening, authorities had said a suspect was barricaded in the home where the warrant was being served. The suspects were taken into custody just after midnight, according to Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV.

"Two @CobbSheriff deputies died tonight in the line of duty while serving a warrant," the sheriff's office tweeted. "SWAT and FAST teams are at the scene. The suspect is barricaded."

"We will release additional information, including the names of the fallen deputies, as it becomes available," the office added.

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