NASHVILLE — A woman has been taken into custody in connection with the hit-and-run death of a Chattanooga Police officer.
Janet Elaine Hinds was wanted on a vehicular homicide charge and placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted list. According to the TBI, Hinds turned herself in to Chattanooga police on Monday morning.
Officer Nicholas Galinger, 38, was inspecting a manhole cover that had water flowing from it Saturday just after 11 p.m. when a vehicle traveling north struck him and fled the scene.
Galinger was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries where he later died.
Chattanooga police Chief David Roddy called for the public’s help in locating the suspected vehicle, described as a 2017 or 2018 Honda CRV with heavy front-end damage.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press says Galinger, who was from Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated from the police academy in January.
“The department, this community lost not just an officer but a son, a father, a friend and a protector,” Chief Roddy said during a press conference Sunday.
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