Update: The Georgia Bureau of Investigations said the suspect in the shooting of a Banks County deputy is possibly now in the metro Atlanta area. The GBI and Federal Bureau of Investigations are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the identification and capture of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI Tip-line at 1-800-597-8477, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 706-367-3784, or the Banks County Sheriff’s Office at 706-677-2248.
The suspect is believed to be in the Atlanta area after a kidnapping was reported within hours of the deputy shooting. According to the GBI, a female resident of Commerce arrived home to find a suspect matching the shooters description inside her residence, which was about two miles from where the deputy was shot. She was forced at gunpoint to drive the suspect to the metro Atlanta area before she was released. The kidnapping victim sustained minor injuries. Investigators are currently trying to establish exactly where in the Atlanta area and at what time the suspect arrived in that location. He is described as a black male, approximately 30-40 years old and was last seen wearing black clothing. During the kidnapping incident, the suspect took a burgundy in-color “Ingles” grocery store pullover shirt.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has released a sketch of the man wanted for shooting a Banks County deputy sheriff yesterday.
According to a press release from the GBI, the alleged shooting took place just after 4:10 p.m. on April 26, 2017 when the deputy responded to a report of a robbery at the Atlanta Dragway at 500 E. Ridgeway Road in Commerce. The suspect, described as a black man dressed in all black, about 40 years old, is accused of stealing a car. The deputies attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of the Tanger Outlet Center at 800 Steven B. Tanger Blvd in Commerce. At that time, the suspect exited the vehicle and shot at deputies multiple time, striking one of them. The bullet was stopped by his ballistic vest, but he was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
GBI report that agencies from throughout Northeast Georgia are participating in the search for the suspect and SWAT teams from both the Georgia State Patrol and Hall County Sheriff’s Office are also on scene.
Anyone who comes in contact with the suspect should immediately call 911.