The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A Hall County sheriff’s deputy was killed Sunday night in a shootout with several suspects linked to weekend car break-ins and burglaries, authorities said.
The deputy, who is not being named until his family is notified, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he died.
He was one of multiple deputies who tried to stop a stolen vehicle believed to have been used in the weekend crimes, Hall County sheriff’s spokesman Derreck Booth said. The vehicle wrecked and a group jumped out and started running. The deputies followed on foot.
The deputies and the suspects exchanged gunfire in the area of Jesse Jewell Parkway and Highland Avenue in Gainesville shortly after 11 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy and a suspect were wounded.
“One of the suspects, believed to be the shooter, was hit by gunfire and was also taken to the medical center for treatment,” Booth said in a news release. “His condition is unknown at this time.”
There is an active manhunt Monday for the remaining suspects, who authorities consider to be armed and dangerous. Gainesville police, Gwinnett County police and Georgia State Patrol troopers are joining in the search.
A description of the suspects is not available Monday morning, Booth said. Sheriff’s investigators are working to interview persons of interests and other parties.
One person was put in handcuffs around 7:30 a.m., but authorities have not identified him or said what connection, if any, he has to the deadly shooting.
Agent with @GBI_GA on scene of shooting that killed Hall Co. deputy. Traffic stop of stolen car wanted for burglaries and car break-ins, led to chase and crash…then shootout after foot chase. Deputy’s name not yet being released pic.twitter.com/cSU1pDbBQF
— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) July 8, 2019
The GBI has been called to investigate, which Booth said is standard sheriff’s office procedure in the event of an officer-involved shooting. Agents are on the scene.
The deadly incident is the 42nd officer-involved shooting the GBI has investigated in 2019, a spokeswoman for the agency said. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don’t involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI’s tally.
The slain Hall County sheriff’s deputy is the fourth officer killed in the line of duty in Georgia this year, records show.
Glascock County sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Ryer Jr., 19, of Gibson, was killed Jan. 29 in a two-vehicle crash while on the way to pick up an inmate, the Georgia State Patrol said. He had only graduated from the police training program at Augusta Technical College about six months before his death, according to Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council records.
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