Deadly I-75 chase, shootout ends with two officers injured by “friendly fire”

| February 12, 2016


CORDELE – A chase on Interstate 75 Thursday afternoon ended with a suspect dying of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot and two officers injured by “friendly-fire.”

At approximately 4 p.m., an officer with the Ashburn Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a car for a tag violation near mile marker 82. The driver led the officer on a chase north on the interstate, which was joined by deputies with the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office.

During the chase, a man in the car began firing at officers while a woman drove. The pursuit ended around Exit 99 shortly after Georgia State Patrol troopers and deputies from the Turner County Sheriff’s Office joined the effort.

The car’s passenger reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, reports WALB.

The driver of the car was taken to Crisp Regional Hospital with complaints of pain, according to the Cordele Dispatch.

A female officer with the Ashburn Police Department and a male deputy with Turner County were injured by “friendly fire” during the shootout. Both officers were treated at the hospital and released.

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are collecting and processing evidence.

Interstate traffic was stalled for several hours during the incident.

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