Hero Down: Gwinnett County Police Officer Antwan Toney Murdered
Snellville, GA - Gwinnett County Police Officer Antwan Toney, 30, was murdered in the line of duty Saturday afternoon.
The incident happened at around 3 p.m. after officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle near Shiloh Middle school where the occupants were reported to possibly be smoking marijuana.
Gwinnett County Sergeant Jake Smith told reporters that two officers approached the vehicle without their guns drawn, and suddenly at least one occupant inside of the vehicle shot at them through the vehicle's glass.
Officer Antwan Toney was struck by the gunfire. The other officer dragged Officer Toney away as the suspect vehicle took off.
Officers returned fire, but it's not clear if any suspects were hit.
The suspect vehicle crashed about 1 mile away and the occupants fled on foot.
Officer Toney was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He later succumbed to his injuries, according to Sergeant Smith.
Sergeant Smith added that there were possibly up to 4 suspects in the vehicle, but the number of suspects is not known at this time.
A witness to the crash described a 6-foot tall black male with dreadlocks in a grey t-shirt and green sweatpants fleeing from the vehicle. All suspects remain at large as of the time of this writing.
Officer Toney was killed just 6 days before his 3-year anniversary with the department. He was unmarried and his family lives out of state.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Gwinnett County Police Officer Antwan Toney, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Officer Antwan Toney, your life mattered.