UPDATE: Men accused of shooting, killing 2 Cobb County deputies identified – WSB-TV Channel 2

COBB COUNTY, Georgia — Two officers from the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office were killed Thursday night after being shot, Sheriff Craig D. Owens said.

Owens said the deputies were serving an arrest warrant on Thursday night when they were ambushed.

Cobb County courts identified the gunmen as Christopher Cook and Christopher Golden on Friday. The two men are expected to appear in court for the first time at 4 p.m.

The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and the Cobb County Police Department will hold a joint press conference immediately after the initial appearance.

Channel 2 Action News will stream the press conference LIVE on WSB Now on all your streaming platforms from 4pm

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The names of the killed deputies have not been released.

“What I can tell you right now is this – in plain terms it’s simple, my two deputies were ambushed and killed tonight,” Owens said. “The two suspects we believe are the perpetrators of this crime are currently in custody and are being held by the Cobb County Police Department for questioning.”

Owens said the warrant was for non-appearance due to theft of deception.

Officers were ambushed after they got out of their car and started talking to the suspects. A suspect opened fire from a car and a second suspect also opened fire from a home.

The two officers, Owens said, had worked for the sheriff for more than five years.

Channel 2 Action News crews on the ground watched as multiple jurisdictions reacted to the house where the officers were ambushed. Channel 2 crews were also outside Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital, where the officers were taken.

Hours after SWAT teams responded, the suspects were apprehended around 12:15 p.m.

Owens said he doesn’t have the words to express the emotions at this time, but asked for prayers for his deputies.

“Two women have lost their wonderful husbands,” Owens said. “Pray for us because we need it. Our hearts are broken here in Cobb County.”

Channel 2’s Kristen Holloway spoke to a neighbor, Tiffany, who was stranded outside the neighborhood as the situation unfolded. She said it was amazing how the community came together and communicated about what was happening on social media. Neighbors provided snacks and drinks for the detectives.

Still, she said the neighborhood has been devastated by the loss of the two officers.

“We are all heartbroken, so gloomy around here because they were here, the (officers) were here to protect us and they were doing their job,” she said. “And we are heartbroken for the families.”

Channel 2 Action News has been given the booking report for Cook, who is listed as living in the Hampton Glen Court house where the shooting took place. He was wanted on three felony counts of theft by receiving stolen goods and three felony theft by deception.

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