Three police officers were shot during a high-speed police chase early Monday morning in Georgia, resulting in one suspect being killed and another arrested, the New York Post reports.
The pursuit started as a high-speed chase at about 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 20 when a Georgia State Patrol trooper clocked a Nissan driving 111 mph, Carroll County Sheriff Terry Langley told reporters, WXIA reported.
“During the course of that chase, gunshots were fired by the suspects, firing first on the state patrol, later on other officers,” Langley said. “At this time, one suspect is dead, one suspect is in custody and three officers have been wounded.”
The officers who were wounded during the gunfire were identified as Carroll County Deputy John Repetto, Carrollton police Sgt. Rob Holloway and Villa Rica Police Officer Chase Gordy, a spokeswoman for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office told The Post.
Gordy was shot twice and underwent surgery Monday morning at Grady Memorial Hospital, according to reports. An update on his condition was not immediately available.
Repetto, who was shot in the arm, has been treated and released, spokeswoman Ashley Hulsey said. Langley told reporters the situation “could have been a lot worse.”
“We’re thankful and we pray for the speedy recovery of those officers,” the sheriff said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has taken over a probe into the police-involved shooting, Langley said.
State police said the vehicle initially stopped, but the suspects took off as the trooper approached, WXIA reported.
A passenger in the Nissan opened fire with a rifle, disabling the trooper’s vehicle. The suspect used the weapon as the high-speed chase continued, striking Holloway, who crashed into a utility police. He was in surgery, Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards said.
One suspect was dead and another was taken into custody “after a negotiation” following the chase, Langley said.
The suspect killed was later identified as Pier Alexander Shelton, 28, of Birmingham, Alabama. Aaron Jajuan Shelton, 22, also of Birmingham, who was identified by the GBI as Pier’s cousin, was arrested and charged with five counts of aggravated assault and three counts of aggravated battery, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.