Gainesville, GA – A manhunt is underway for the accomplices of a gunman who fatally shot a Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) deputy on Sunday night.
The suspects are believed to be armed and dangerous, the Gainesville Times reported.
Descriptions of the unknown number of suspects were not available.
The fatal shooting occurred just after 11 p.m., as deputies were trying to stop a stolen vehicle near Jesse Jewell Parkway and Highland Avenue, according to FOX News.
The vehicle was believed to have been involved in a series of gun theft in the area over the weekend, the Gainesville Times reported.
The driver refused to pull over, and eventually crashed.
Deputies pursued the occupants on foot.
Both the deputy and the gunman were hit during the shootout that ensued.
The deputy was rushed to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he died of his wounds, the Gainesville Times reported.
The shooter was transported to the hospital, and his condition has not been released, according to FOX News.
Police are still searching for the gunman’s accomplices. "The agency as a whole is taking it hard, as any law enforcement agency does when it loses an officer or deputy," HCSO Public Information Officer Derrick Booth said. “But no closure now with suspects still on the loose.”
The Gwinnett County Police Department, the Gainesville Police Department, and the Georgia State Patrol are all searching for the remaining suspects.
Police were interviewing multiple “persons of interest” on Monday morning, WXIA reported.
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