At least three officers from multiple police departments were shot during a car chase in Georgia early Monday morning that left one suspect dead and another in custody, authorities said.
A Georgia State Patrol trooper stopped a Nissan Passenger around 3:30 a.m. after he clocked the car going 111 mph on Interstate 20 in Carroll County, Georgia State Patrol Captain Brandon Dawson said Monday. The driver and the passenger initially stopped, but they drove off as the trooper approached the vehicle, Dawson said.
As the state trooper followed the suspects, a passenger in the car opened fire and struck the patrol car, disabling it, Dawson said.
After they were notified by state troopers, Carrollton police officers then joined the car chase, Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards said. At one point, a passenger fired rounds into the patrol car, hitting an officer who then lost control of his vehicle and hit a utility pole, Richards said.
Villa Rice police officers then pursued the suspects down a side road, Villa Rica Police Chief Michael Mansour said. The suspect opened fire again, striking one officer twice, Mansour said.
A deputy with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office was also shot in the arm, Sheriff Terry Langley said.
One suspect was killed and the other was taken into custody “after a negotiation,” Langley said. The suspect is being held at Carroll County jail.
The names of the suspects were not immediately identified, but authorities identified the three injured officers as Jay Rapetto of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office; Rob Holloway of the Carrollton Police Department; and Chase Gordy of the Villa Rica Police Department.
Authorities said all wounded officers were taken to the hospital for their injuries. It was unclear how severe their injuries were and what their conditions were.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said early Monday it was called to investigate the shooting. By 8:30 a.m. authorities said there was no threat to the public.
Carroll County is about 50 miles west of Atlanta.