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UPDATE: 2nd suspect in Gwinnett Co. officer killing shot and killed

Tafahree Maynard

UPDATE -- MONDAY 12:30 P.M.

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga-- Gwinnett County Police say the second suspect wanted for the murder of officer Antwan Toney was shot and killed Monday morning as officers tried to apprehend him.

That man is 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard. He had been at large since Saturday's fatal shooting.

Officials confirm he was shot by police in a shed on Mistletoe Lane in Snellville around 11:30 a.m.

Police got a credible tip about Maynard's whereabouts around 3 a.m. Monday, Gwinnett County police Chief Butch Ayers told reporters. Dozens of police officers went door-to-door in a search for him, knocking on doors and interviewing people.

Two officers searching a shed behind a house encountered Maynard, who failed to comply with verbal commands, Ayers said. Maynard initially had his hand behind his back and when he showed his hand, he was holding an "edged weapon" in his hand, the chief said.

One officer fired a stun gun at Maynard and the other fatally shot him from about 5 or 6 feet (1.5 meters or 1.8 meters) away, Ayers said.

"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."

Toney was responding to a call around 2:30 p.m. Saturday about a suspicious vehicle near Shiloh Middle School in the Snellville area, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta. When the officers approached, someone in the vehicle opened fire and Toney was hit, police said. Then the vehicle sped off.

Toney died at a hospital from his wounds, police said. The 30-year-old from Southern California had been with the Gwinnett County Police Department for nearly three years, serving in his first police job.

"The people that worked with Officer Toney on a daily basis recalled a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community," Ayers said.

A second suspect, 19-year-old Isaiah Pretlow, was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a gun at an officer during the pursuit after Toney's fatal shooting, police had said earlier.

According to police, Pretlow drove the vehicle away after the shooting, crashed a short distance away and fled along with other occupants. An officer searching the area later encountered Pretlow around 3 p.m. Pretlow pointed a gun at the officer, who fired shots, according to police. Pretlow was not hit and fled into some woods. He was subsequently taken into custody around 11:30 p.m. Saturday by U.S. Marshals.

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UPDATE -- MONDAY

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga-- Gwinnett County Police said Monday morning that "there has been a credible sighting of Tafahree Maynard in the Snellville area."

Maynard is wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of Gwinnett County police officer Antwan Toney on Saturday.

Isaiah Pretlow has also been arrested for the incident.

Police say Maynard was driving the car and shot Toney during Saturday's incident in Snellville.


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UPDATE -- Sunday

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga-- Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office says Isaiah Pretlow is in custody and Tafahree Maynard is on the run for their involvement in the shooting that killed police officer Antwan Toney Saturday afternoon.

The cold-blooded shooting of 30-year-old Officer Antwan Toney prompted a massive multijurisdictional manhunt within minutes and well into the overnight hours. Police said just after midnight Sunday morning they were searching for a man named Tafahree Maynard.

Police said the man behind the wheel and behind the trigger was 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard, of Snellville. Maynard drove the car away from the school. Police said he ended up crashing about a mile from the school into the decorative median at the entrance to a neighborhood located along Ross Road at Calumet Farm Lane. Officers were not in active pursuit of the vehicle at the time, according to police. Witnesses told police four people jumped out of the car and ran.

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ORIGINAL STORY

Gwinnett County, GA -- A massive manhunt is underway just outside of Snellville after an officer was shot and killed Saturday afternoon while investigating a suspicious vehicle, Fox 5 Atlanta reports.

It happened in the parking lot of Shiloh Middle School located at 4285 Shiloh Road just outside Snellville. Gwinnett County Police said officers approached a vehicle parked in the back lot of the vacant school. When officers parked their car, shots were fired at them through the suspicious vehicle’s glass, and according to police, struck one of the officers.

According to the Gwinnett County Police Department the suspect vehicle fled the scene. Responding officers located the vehicle crashed near the intersection of Ross Road and Calumet Farm Lane. According to officers, has many as four suspects fled on foot.

Gwinnett County Police identify the officer as a 2-year veteran of the force. Officer Antwan Toney graduated from the Gwinnett Police Department’s 94th Academy on April 21, 1996 along with 25 other cadets.

Investigators are trying to determine if the officers were able to return fire and if they did, if the suspect was shot.

A massive manhunt was launched for the shooter. Several nearby neighborhoods were placed on virtual lockdown and police officers raced up and down streets, saturating the area with both patrol and specialized tactical teams. Several helicopters were seen in the area also search, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

It was not immediately clear if the officers were responding to a 911 call about a suspicious person or if they officers spotted the car themselves. What is clear is police said no one, outside of school staff, should have been on the property at the time.

Officer Toney was transported by ambulance to Gwinnett Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

Stay with us for updates.


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