2 Georgia deputies shot outside Atlanta; suspect dead in shootout
Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office says shooting happened while police were serving arrest warrant
A manhunt in Georgia on Wednesday for an "armed and dangerous" suspect accused of shooting and wounding two DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies ended with the suspect's death in a shootout with police, according to a report.
Suspect Edward Allen Gatling, 38, was killed in a wooded area in Lithonia, not far from the scene where authorities say the shootings of the deputies occurred, FOX 5 of Atlanta reported. Gatling was being sought on an arrest warrant for charges of aggravated assault with the intent to murder.
No law enforcement officers were wounded during final confrontation with the suspect, the station reported.
The earlier gunfire that unfolded at a residence in Lithonia was the second shooting directed at law enforcement in the greater Atlanta area in less than 24 hours. On Tuesday night, Henry Laxson, an officer with the Clayton County Police Department, was killed in the line of duty in an incident that authorities said left a total of four people dead, including the suspect.
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DeKalb County Chief Randy Akies said in a news conference that both of the deputies who were wounded were "conscious and alert."
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Authorities did not release further details about the nature of the incident, but told FOX 5 of Atlanta that Gatling "allegedly shot two sheriff’s investigators this morning as they endeavored on an arrest warrant at a residence on Wellington Circle in Lithonia, Georgia."
Elsewhere in the U.S., two police officers in Indianapolis were recovering after allegedly being stabbed by a suspect in an "unprovoked attack," police there said.
Fox News' Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.