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Atlanta police officer struck by car, killed

ATLANTA (AP) -- An Atlanta police officer was struck and killed by a car while helping another officer investigate an earlier wreck on an interstate ramp, authorities said.

A suspect was taken into custody after the wreck, which happened around midnight, Police Chief George Turner said. It was not immediately known early Wednesday what charges the suspect might face.

Turner said the female officer is a 15-year veteran of the force. Police didn't immediately release her name as they were still notifying her family early Wednesday morning.

The officer had just started her overnight shift when she responded to help another officer who was investigating an earlier wreck in the far left lane of the southbound Interstate 75 ramp to I-85 northbound, police said.

She had just gotten out of her patrol vehicle when she was hit by a car and then run over by several other vehicles, the police chief said.

The officer, who was based in the department's zone 5 precinct, died at the scene.

"As you can imagine, there are a lot of very raw nerves and emotions," Turner said at a news conference early Wednesday morning.

"We just ask for the prayers and the concerns of our community while we get through this," he said.

The south lanes of Interstate 75 were closed until around 3:30 a.m. as police investigated the wreck.