2 suspects charged in Georgia police officer's slaying

21 October, 2018, 19:26 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Georgia police officer fatally shot near school

Jake Smith with Gwinnett County Police said the officer was shot while approaching a suspicious vehicle parked behind Shiloh Middle School in Snellville. The suspect's name is Tafahree Maynard, and authorities warn that he should be considered armed and risky.

The suspects fired through the vehicle's window before driving off, police say.

"They fled the scene and crashed without an officer in hot pursuit", Smith said.

His Gwinnett colleagues "recall a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community", Chief of Police Butch Ayers said. A second suspect, 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard, has been charged with aggravated assault and felony murder but remains on the loose.

The suspects crashed the vehicle as short time later and ran from the scene.

He ran to a wooded area but was arrested hours later by US Marshals, police said.


The other officers returned fire and pulled Toney to cover, and the suspect vehicle sped off.

An officer who was searching the area encountered Pretlow about 3 p.m. Police say Pretlow pointed a gun at the officer, who fired shots.

Authorities say two suspects, including one still being sought by police, have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a George police officer.

"Please keep the family of Gwinnett County Police Officer A. Toney in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn his loss", the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook. Authorities said Toney had family members in California, though the exact location wasn't immediately known. The department lost three other officers in 1964 who were investigating a "suspicious activity call". In May 1993, Officer Chris Magill was killed in a traffic accident along Interstate 85.

The police department tweeted news of the officer's death Saturday evening. Prior to joining the department, he worked as a security guard.

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