Area police officer shot and killed during suspicious vehicle check

Georgia police officer fatally shot near school

The suspect's vehicle sped away and crashed not too far from the scene. Police say witnesses reported seeing four people run from the scene.

Police said in April 1964, Officers Jerry Everett, Ralph Davis, and Jesse Gravitt were shot and killed investigating suspicious activity in Duluth.

SWAT teams and K-9 units flooded the area, which consists of residential subdivisions and wooded areas.

Police say that Toney and other officers were approaching the vehicle parked in a neighborhood near Shiloh Middle School when shots rang out from the inside at about 3pm.

Toney was rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he died as a result of his injuries. "There are no other descriptions available at this time", the news release said, adding that anyone with tips could call the police at (770) 513-5100.

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At some point after running away from the auto, Pretlow pointed a gun at an officer and the officer fired his weapon at him, police said.

Flags in front of the Gwinnett County Police headquarters were lowered Saturday night to half-staff and a small memorial was held at the fallen officer's memorial. A helicopter flew above the vicinity of the middle school where the incident occurred.

Toney, who was originally from Southern California, had been with the department for nearly three years. "Toney to cover", police said. Jake Smith of the Gwinnett County Police Department said.

"Chief Ayers said Toney was considered ".a very jovial person, very dedicated to his job, dedicated to his serving his community". "We thank you for your service and pray with the Gwinnett County Police Department".

Toney's death comes after three separate officer-involved shootings across Georgia on Thursday that left two men dead, none of whom were officers. There are no suspects in custody. North Carolina State Trooper Kevin K. Conner was killed Wednesday during a traffic stop near the border with SC.

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