On the afternoon of June 12 at approximately 3:30 pm, off-duty Spalding County Detention Officer Amanda Moore, 34, was shot as she lay sleeping inside her home on Etheridge Mill Road in Spalding County, Georgia.
Moore is said to have been shot in the head by her 16-year-old stepdaughter following what appears to be a domestic dispute reported FOX5.
Moore’s 11-year-old son, who was home at the time of the shooting, rushed to a neighbor’s house for help.
The neighbor—who happened to be a nurse—accompanied the child back to the residence and began working on Moore while the neighbor’s husband called 911.
“They are a married couple,” said Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix. “He is a firefighter and she is a nurse, so as he called 911 and described the suspect who was walking down the street, they both went to the house to find Amanda and rendered aid. I’m certain their actions are the reason [why she is] still alive today and has a chance to live.”
After authorities arrived, Moore was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center, where she remains in the care of hospital staff, and in the company of family, friends, and coworkers.
“She is in pretty grave condition. We got updated a little while ago. She is alive, she has suffered a couple of strokes this morning and she is in very bad condition,” said Sheriff Dix, “Her father, Sergeant Martin, is a deputy here, too. The two of them had lunch together just three hours before the shooting happened. It’s just heartbreaking to watch her grow up and work so hard to get where she is now. She was getting ready to go to Mandate training to be on the streets as one of my deputies.”
Following the incident, police arrested Moore’s 16-year-old stepdaughter, who, prior to being apprehended by authorities, was said to have been walking calmly down the street.
“She was very calm and she didn’t put up a fight. She didn’t say anything—just very stoic,” said the sheriff. “She didn’t have the gun. She had left that at the house. After we arrested her, I started getting calls that I needed to get to the deputy’s house.”
He also mentioned that Moore—who, according to a Facebook post from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, was sworn in as a detention officer by the Sheriff On Jan. 22—started at the sheriff’s office as a clerk and learned the ropes until she could become a detention officer and was looking forward to getting more training.”
The Sheriff went on to say, “This is a difficult time for everyone involved, and we are asking for prayers of healing and strength for this family in the coming days.”
Scores of responses were sent to a Facebook post from 13WMAZ relaying the request from the Sheriff’s Office for prayers of healing and strength for Amanda Moore’s family.
“This is so sad,” said one person. “A step parent can go above and beyond but the first thing they do that kid doesn’t like, they catch it. So unfair. My prayers are with her for healing and strength.
“Sounds like the step daughter needs to be in the detention center,” said another “Prayers for speedy and full recovery.”
“Life waisted at 16,” another person wrote. “Wow. She don’t even know what she is about to face.”