2 men in car when Georgia officer shot
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 23, 2018,
Oct 23, 2018, 7:42
A police officer In Gwinnett County, Georgia, was shot and killed in the line of duty on Saturday, according to a spokesman for the department. Maynard was still at large late Sunday afternoon. They said a SWAT team was called to clear multiple locations because of the potential threat Maynard posed. There were as many as four people inside the auto, Smith said. A second suspect 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard was charged with aggravated assault and felony murder but remained on the loose Sunday.
Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers said in a subsequent press conference that investigators are reviewing body camera footage of the shooting, but did not specify whose body camera footage he was referring to. The caller believed the vehicle occupants might have been smoking marijuana.
When Toney approached the vehicle, shots were fired from inside the auto.
Another officer returned fire and dragged Toney away. When he and his partner approached, someone inside the vehicle fired from inside and Toney was hit, police said.
Toney died at a hospital from his wounds, police said.
The suspect's four-door black sedan sped away and crashed about a mile away.
Police believe Pretlow was driving the auto and that as many as four people were inside.
That's when shots rang out from inside the vehicle, Smith said, adding that such things don't happen "99.999 percent" of the time. An officer who was searching the area later encountered Pretlow about 3 p.m. Pretlow pointed a gun at the officer, who fired shots.
Pretlow, faces an aggravated assault charge related to an incident following the fatal shooting.
The suspects fired through the vehicle's window before driving off, police say.
Police presence was heavy Saturday evening in neighborhoods a few miles east of Stone Mountain as officers and SWAT and K-9 teams searched for those who fled the auto. A helicopter flew above the vicinity of the middle school.
It was not immediately clear where Toney was struck, but he succumbed to his injuries - just six days from his three-year mark with the department, Smith said.
His Gwinnett colleagues "recall a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community", Ayers said. The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday in Lawrenceville.
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