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Georgia man charged in shooting of officer lured by 911 call

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VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man has been charged in the shooting of a police officer who authorities say was lured into an ambush by a 911 call reporting a car break-in.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Friday that 22-year-old Stephen Paul Beck was charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, attempted murder of a peace officer and possessing a firearm during commission of a crime.

The GBI says Beck shot Valdosta officer Randall Hancock multiple times on July 8 outside an apartment complex. Beck was wounded when the officer returned fire. The GBI says Beck remains at a Valdosta hospital and it was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

The GBI says Beck told investigators he wanted police to kill him.

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