Officer Francis Ortega was shot and killed during a traffic stop in front of the Pine Lake Post Office. The officers approached the vehicle, obtained paperwork from the driver, and then returned to their patrol car. As they sat in the patrol car, they were approached by the suspect. When the officers exited their vehicle, a struggle ensued. The suspect was able to put Officer Ortega in a head lock and shoot the officer in the head. Officer Ortega's partner and the suspect exchanged gunfire as the suspect fled into the post office. The suspect, who was wanted for violating his supervised release from prison, committed suicide inside the post office as the DeKalb County Swat Team attempted to gain entry. Officer Ortega had served as a part-time officer for the Pine Lake Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and two young children. He's buried at his homeland, Dominican Republic.