Georgia State Trooper, suspect shot after pursuit along Interstate 75

GA highway shooting

 (Fox 5 Atlanta)

A Georgia State Trooper and suspect were shot Wednesday after a chase ended along Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety. 

The shooting happened around 4 p.m. along the highway, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. 

Capt. Mark Perry said Trooper Jacob Fields and the suspect were shot after a 10-mile pursuit on Interstate 75 in Marietta. Both were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

The pursuit began after the trooper attempted a traffic stop but the driver refused to pull over, Perry said. Additional troopers joined the chase and ultimately surrounded the vehicle.

Perry said the fleeing vehicle struck another vehicle, at which point the suspect got out and began shooting at troopers, who returned fire.

Fields was shot in the leg and abdomen just below his vest, Perry said, but the three-year veteran was alert and in stable condition, with family around him.

The condition of the suspect, who Perry said was shot multiple times, was unknown. The suspect's name has not been released.

Video from Georgia Department of Transportation cameras showed multiple lanes of traffic shut down in the area while authorities investigated the shooting.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it will continue to investigate the shooting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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