SMYRNA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Smyrna police are mourning the loss of one of their own, after a tragic car crash.

In a news conference held on April 20, 2020, Police Chief Joseph Bennett identified the person killed in the line of duty as Officer Christopher Ewing, 34.

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Chief Bennett said Officer Ewing was a two year veteran of the Smyrna Police Department and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Ewing leaves behind a wife and three children.

Bennett said the two-car crash happened last night just after 11 p.m. at South Cobb Drive and Oak Drive. He said he enlisted the Georgia State Patrol to investigate the collision.

He said the driver of the other vehicle, Robert Lorenzo Cox, was arrested around 6 a.m. today and charged with felony Homicide by Vehicle, DUI and Tampering with Evidence.

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Bennett said Ewing had recently received a Life Saving Award and had recently applied to be a member of their DUI Task Force.

Smyrna police shared more details about the officer’s service in a Facebook post that reads:

Officer Ewing was a friend to all in the department and was a hard working Officer who lead by example. He was an Officer that when you called for backup you wanted to hear his voice on the radio saying he was heading your way. His sense of humor and contagious smile will be greatly missed.

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Rest In Peace brother, we have the watch from here.