Georgia deputies wounded in shooting; 2 suspects in custody after overnight manhunt

A suspect considered armed and dangerous was caught Sunday while another was in custody, authorities said

A second suspect has been arrested following an overnight manhunt near the Georgia-Florida line that began after a shooting in Georgia left a sheriff’s deputy fighting for his life and a second deputy wounded, according to reports.

Troy Arthur Phillips, 40, was considered armed and dangerous as police sought his capture, the Decatur County Sheriff's Office said. The sheriff’s office posted at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday that Phillips was in custody.


No further details on the circumstances leading to Phillip’s arrest or what charges he faces were immediately available. The sheriff’s office had earlier said Phillips was believed to still be in the Brinson area, where the shooting of the two deputies occurred.

The suspect's brother, 41-year-old Brad Phillips, had been arrested earlier Sunday morning in connection with the shooting, WTXL-TV of Tallahassee reported.

The critically injured Decatur County deputy was airlifted to a hospital in Tallahassee, Fla., after suffering a gunshot wound under one of his arms, according to the station.

The second deputy, from neighboring Seminole County, Ga., suffered a non-life-threatening wound, the station reported.

Neither deputy was immediately identified. The shooting occurred in Brinson, Decatur County, according to WTXL.

The two deputies were participating in a vehicle pursuit as the suspects’ vehicle crossed from Seminole County into Decatur County, not far from the Florida state line, the station reported.


Both deputies were shot with what was believed to be a .30-caliber rifle, according to WTXL.

The suspects' vehicle had been traveling more than 80 mph during the chase, the report said.