An intense manhunt is underway to find the suspects responsible for murdering a Georgia police officer overnight.

A Hall County sheriff’s deputy was killed Sunday night.  It happened after a shootout with several suspects linked to weekend car break-ins and burglaries.

 

Police have not yet publicly named the officer, but they’re asking for help in finding his killer.

The officer was one of several deputies who tried to stop a stolen vehicle believed to have been used in the weekend crimes.

Hall County sheriff’s spokesman Derreck Booth said the car crashed and a group jumped out and started running… with the officers giving chase on foot.

The shootout between the deputies and the suspects started in the area of Jesse Jewell Parkway and Highland Avenue in Gainesville shortly after 11 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

The deputy was shot and rushed to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he died.

A suspect was also hit.

“One of the suspects, believed to be the shooter, was hit by gunfire and was also taken to the medical center for treatment,” Booth said in a news release. “His condition is unknown at this time.”

Now police say there’s an active manhunt for the suspects, who they consider to be armed and dangerous.

Gainesville police, Gwinnett County police and Georgia State Patrol troopers are all helping in the search.

There’s currently no description of the suspects, but Sheriff’s investigators are working to interview persons of interests and other parties.

We do know that one person was arrested around 7:30 a.m., but police have not identified him or said what connection, if any, he has to the deadly shooting. 

It’s the 42nd officer-involved shooting the GBI has investigated in 2019, according to a spokeswoman for the agency. 

It’s also the fourth officer killed in the line of duty in Georgia this year.

Glascock County sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Ryer Jr., a 19-year-old from Gibson, was killed Jan. 29 in a two-vehicle accident on the way to pick up an inmate.

Just six months before his death, he had  graduated from the police training program at Augusta Technical College .

29-year-old Forsyth County Deputy Sheriff Spencer Englett died April 4 after suffering a “traumatic medical event” during a training exercise.

It was only his first day of training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Pickens County.

Savannah police Sgt. Kelvin Ansari, who was just 50-years-old, was shot and killed May 11.  He happened when he and another officer were ambushed by a robbery suspect. Ansari was an Army vet and a father of four. 

Last year, a total of six Georgia officers were killed in the line of duty.

Anyone with information on Sunday night’s incident is asked to call the Hall County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 770-533-7693.