GRIFFIN, Ga. – Spalding County authorities have identified a deputy who was shot and critically injured while responding to a suicide attempt in Griffin Friday.
Deputy Joe Buice has been with the department for less than a year. Capt. Tony Ranieri says he and an unidentified woman are both in critical condition Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta suffering gun shot wounds to the head.
Police later shot and killed the unidentified suspect. Ranieri says police responded to the man's East McIntosh Road residence at around 4:30 p.m. Friday for a possible suicide threat.
Ranieri says when officers arrived, the suspect began shooting. Ranieri says the suspect managed to shoot Buice and the unidentified female victim, who was driving by, before two officers also responding to the scene shot him.
He says the suspect also shot another car, but nobody was injured.