2 suspects charged in Georgia officer's slaying


The officer was approaching the auto when, police say, Maynard fired a weapon from inside the vehicle and struck him.

Toney's death comes after three separate officer-involved shootings across Georgia on Thursday that left two men dead, none of whom were officers. Police say Maynard remains at large and should be considered armed and unsafe. A second suspect 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard was charged with aggravated assault and felony murder but remained on the loose Sunday.

A police officer In Gwinnett County, Georgia, was shot and killed in the line of duty on Saturday, according to a spokesman for the department. The suspects initially fled the scene in a black sedan, but they crashed the auto less than a mile away and continued their flight on foot. At least one officer returned fire.

Pretlow then drove the auto a short distance before crashing, and as many as four occupants fled on foot, police said.

"They fled the scene and crashed without an officer in hot pursuit", Smith said. Jake Smith of the Gwinnett County Police Department said at a news conference.

Authorities say, two suspects, including one still being sought by police, have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a Georgia police officer. Pretlow fled into a wooded area and was later taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals around 11:30 p.m. It's unclear if any of the suspects are injured.

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News outlets report multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for suspects following the Saturday afternoon shooting near Snellville.

"I would like to say that the danger to the community is over", Ayers said at a news conference, adding that police would continue to investigate any potential charges against people who may have provided assistance to Maynard "during his attempt to escape justice".

It happened Saturday about 3 p.m. near Shiloh Middle School.

Officer Antwan Toney, 30, was responding with his partner to a suspicious vehicle call, Sgt.

"Please keep the family of Gwinnett County Police Officer A. Toney in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn his loss", the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook. Authorities say the suspects crashed the vehicle a short time later and witnesses reported seeing as many as four people running from the scene.

Thomas indicates that suspect's auto was on "Crumps Landing behind Shiloh Middle School" when Toney approached it.