Suspects On The Run After Murdering Police Officer

Georgia officer killed while responding to suspicious vehicle near middle school

Georgia police officer killed; suspect on the loose

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.

"When we first learned of the news early this morning, and we have a couple of officers who are out working today who were explorers with Officer Toney, they were definitely very sad to hear of the events that happened yesterday", said Jennifer Amat with the Orange Police Dept.

Two teenage suspects, including one who is still being sought by police, are facing charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a Georgia police officer who was killed while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a school, authorities said Sunday.

"Antwan was one of the good guys and he wanted to join the police force to bridge that gap between law enforcement and the community", she said. Another officer who was on the scene returned fire and dragged Toney to safety, but he later died from his injuries.

Meanwhile, the suspect vehicle crashed about a mile away from the scene of the shooting. He said becoming a police officer had been his brother's lifelong dream. He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals about 11:30 p.m.

Snellville is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta. It's unclear if any of the suspects were injured.

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Multiple people have been interviewed about their possible involvement in the shooting, but no formal charges have been filed, police said.

When Toney approached the vehicle, shots were fired from inside the auto. A helicopter was also seeing flying above the vicinity of the middle school.

Toney had been with the department for nearly three years.

WSB-TV reporter Rikki Klaus tweeted Saturday night that authorities had surrounded a nearby residence and were waiting for a search warrant.

Police believe Pretlow was driving the auto and that as many as four people were inside. The department lost three other officers in 1964 who were investigating a "suspicious activity call".

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