Protester killed after shooting cop near where police training center set to be built

An officer is in the hospital and the man who shot him has been killed following a confrontation in a wooded area near where a police training center is set to be built,

police said. The incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. in a wooded area just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, at the site of a proposed law enforcement training center.

“As law enforcement was moving through the property, officers located a man inside a tent in the woods,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said in a statement

following the incident. “Officers gave verbal commands to the man who did not comply and shot a Georgia State Patrol Trooper.” Police returned fire on the man -- who died

on scene -- and the injured Georgia State Patrol Trooper who was hit in the shooting was evacuated to a safe area before being taken to hospital where he underwent surgery for

injuries suffered during the incident. Activists who are protesting the 85 acre and $90 million construction project -- nicknamed “Cop City” -- have been camping out on

the site for months in an attempt to cease progress on the development. In December, five people were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism and other charges

following a joint operation at the planned construction site. Authorities said there are a litany of crimes being committed at the protest site following the five arrests

last month.