Nearby Locust Grove Elementary School was put on lockdown.
Neighbors said they were alarmed when they heard gunshots ring out Friday, only to find out later that an officer had been killed and two other deputies were injured when a suspect opened fire while a warrant was being served.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Henry Co Sheriff's deputies and Locust Grove officer who were shot this morning in Henry County", the Gwinnett County Police Department wrote in a tweet.
He said officers had no motivation to accept when they arrived that the suspect would be savage, however it ended up noticeably clear that he wouldn't run with them readily.
Sheriff Keith McBrayer told the newspaper that one deputy was in critical condition and the other was stable Friday afternoon. Price said the 26-year-old officer's wife is pregnant and expecting their second child any day.More news: Activist That Snatched Confederate Flag From White Protester Dies From Gun Wound
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Both of the deputies are at Atlanta Medical Center.
"Thank God for the bulletproof vest", said Wade Corley, a pastor at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Griffin.
She told Fernandes that she was the former HOA president for the subdivision in locust grove. "The bullet went through the vest and caught him near the right side of his ribs".
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has responded to the scene, and a press conference has been called for 2 p.m.in the neighborhood where the shooting took place.
This story continues to develop.