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Suspect in hit-and-run death of Tennessee officer in custody

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Posted at 10:29 AM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 16:45:57-05

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Police say the suspect in the hit-and-run death of a Tennessee officer is in custody.

The Chattanooga Police Department announced on Twitter that Janet Elaine Hinds turned herself in Monday morning, hours after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation put her on its Top Ten Most Wanted list.

The agency said Hinds was wanted for vehicular homicide in the death of 38-year-old Nicholas Galinger.

The Chattanooga officer graduated from the police academy last month and was struck Saturday night while on a call with his field training officer.

Police recovered a Honda CR-V with front-end damage on Sunday from Hinds' residence.

Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy says the community "lost not just an officer. We lost a son, a father, a friend, and a protector."

Galinger was a native of the Greater Cincinnati region, and a graduate of Clermont Northeastern High School.

Hinds is charged with vehicular homicide by recklessness, reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane (driving left of center), leaving the scene of accident involving death, fail to report accident with death, fail to render aid, violation traffic control device and driver duty to exercise due care, police said.