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One Deputy, Two Officers Shot By Passenger With Rifle During Chase

Villa Rica, GA – Three law enforcement officers from three different agencies were shot and another was injured in a crash during a police chase overnight in Georgia.

Georgia State Patrol (GSP) Captain Brandon Dawson told reporters at a press briefing that the incident began at about 3:30 a.m. at April 12 when a trooper caught a Nissan going 111 mph on Interstate 20.

Capt. Dawson said the trooper initiated a traffic stop on the Nissan and the driver stopped.

But when the GSP trooper approached the car, the Nissan fled the scene, according to the captain.

Capt. Dawson said the trooper pursued the suspect vehicle and attempted a PIT maneuver to stop it.

He said the PIT maneuver was successful but the driver regained control of the Nissan.

“His passenger used a rifle and shot at the trooper’s patrol car, actually striking it and disabling it, therefore he was out of the chase at that point,” Capt. Dawson told reporters.

He said the Carrollton Police Department picked up the chase at that point.

Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards said officers from his department spotted the Nissan in their jurisdiction and pursued it.

“At some point, a passenger leaned out the window and fired rounds into the officers’ vehicle, striking Sergeant Rob Holloway,” Chief Richards told reporters. “At that point the other officer stopped because he had lost control and struck a utility pole.”

He said Sgt. Holloway was airlifted to Atlanta for treatment.

Officials said the suspect vehicle continued to Villa Rica where officers from the Villa Rica Police Department picked up the chase.

Villa Rica Police Chief Michael Mansour said the mayhem continued in his jurisdiction.

“Suspects did fire rounds at our officers. Struck a patrol car. One of our officers – Chase Gordy – was struck twice by the suspect,” Chief Mansour explained to reporters.

He said Villa Rica Police Officer Chase Gordy was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Carroll County Sheriff Terry Langley said that Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Jay Repetto shot in the arm during the incident.

Sheriff Langley told reporters that Deputy Repetto had been transported to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.

The sheriff said that one suspect was dead and another was taken into custody “after a negotiation” with law enforcement, the Associated Press reported.

Despite the three wounded officers, Sheriff Langley remained optimistic.

“It could have been a lot worse, and we’re thankful and we pray for the speedy recovery of those officers,” the sheriff said.

The conditions of the wounded deputy and officers have not been released.

The names of the suspects were not released at the press conference.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) officials said their agency was investigating the officer-involved shooting as well as the assault on the police officers.

The names of the suspects have not yet been released.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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