Officials: Man suspected of shooting deputy kills himself
CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A man suspected of shooting and wounding a Georgia sheriff’s deputy killed himself after an armed standoff with officers, authorities said Sunday.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement released Sunday night on its Facebook page that “the situation has been resolved,” and that the suspect had taken his own life. The statement said no additional deputies or other people had been injured.
Area news media reported the deputy was shot in a subdivision in the northern part of the county, about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta.
The deputy suffered leg wounds and was taken to a local hospital where he was being treated for “non-life threatening injuries,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
The deputy was investigating a report of a domestic disturbance when he was shot, the sheriff’s office statement said.
“Upon arrival, deputies were attempting to get the subject to come outside to speak with them when they came under significant gunfire from the residence. Deputies returned the gunfire,” the statement said.
The shooting triggered an hours-long standoff.
The sheriff’s office said its negotiators and SWAT team members converged on the scene, along with officers from neighboring counties, and the house was surrounded.
Officials encouraged area residents to stay in their homes until the incident was resolved.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was also called in to assist.