Atlanta, GA - A veteran FBI agent was shot in a gunfight with Avery Richards, a convicted felon who was wanted in the shooting of a Banks County deputy earlier this week.
The incident occurred about 4 PM Friday at a strip mall on MLK Drive, according to WSBTV. The FBI agent was part of a task force that was assigned to track down Avery Richards, who had been on the run for two days.
Richards was wanted for shooting a Banks County Sheriff's Deputy on Wednesday afternoon, April 26.
The FBI's SWAT team and Ammo Task Force received a tip that Richards would be at a specific location at the strip mall. Upon their arrival, Richards opened fire, and the team of FBI agents turned him into swiss cheese.
A female passenger who was in Richards's van was also shot during the gunfight. Her condition is unknown, and her name was not released.
The FBI agent was being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. His name was not released.
Richards just got out of prison in October 2016, after serving 10 years for aggravated assault with intent to rape.
The search for Richards began after the shooting on Wednesday afternoon. After Richards shot the deputy, he kidnapped a woman from her home and forced her to drive him to Atlanta.
FBI Special Agent Steven Emmett said, "This is a huge, huge relief. As you know, this impacted many parts of the state. Everyone was on high alert..."
The Banks County Deputy who was shot earlier this week was not seriously injured. He was shot in the chest but his ballistic vest stopped the bullet. His name has not been released.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured FBI agent. Good job, warriors.