Safety concerns where police are searching for cop shooter - CBS46 News

Safety concerns where police are searching for cop shooter

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Authorities continued their manhunt Wednesday night for the man who they say shot a DeKalb County police officer during a routine traffic stop.

Officers saturated the Bouldercrest Drive area where they believe the accused shooter, Michael Hughey, 37, is hiding out.

C. Crawl lives in the area and is concerned about his safety.

"I am very much concerned anytime a police officer is gunned down or shot," said Crawl.

Police said Hughey opened fire on Officer Deron Fulton Tuesday night.

Fulton was released from the hospital early Wednesday morning and is recovering at home, a spokeswoman for DeKalb County police said.

The shooting stunned the DeKalb County neighborhood where the Sheriff Department's fugitive squad continues to search for Hughey.

"It's terrible," said neighbor Angela Gravitt.

Gravitt called police, letting them know a place to look for suspect Michael Hughey.

"I called them about some abandoned houses back there that doesn't show up on the MapQuest. It's the old prison, the warden's house," said Gravitt.

Hughey didn't turn up there but Gravitt said she's seen Hughey in the neighborhood before. Police said he's no stranger to the area. They think he could have help hiding.

"It's not easy to run and hide. We're out hunting for him," said DeKalb County Police Chief William O'Brien.

O'Brien said Officer Fulton pulled over a car Hughey was riding in Tuesday night. The driver stayed put but Hughey ran. Police accuse Hughey of shooting Fulton in the shoulder when he chased after him.  A neighbor who did not want to be identified, saw the shooting unfold.

"The officer was running behind a gentleman, I don't know the gentleman, and the gentleman had his gun out and I heard gun shots," said the woman.

It's a top priority for police to find the man accused of shooting one of their own.

"We want him bad. Any time an injury occurs like this for an officer, not only are we concerned for the safety of our officers, but of citizens as well. This is an armed and dangerous individual that we need to get off the streets," said O'Brien.

O'Brien said he'd like to see the hunt end peacefully. He would like to see Hughey call police and turn himself in.

Katrina Fulton, the officer's mother, said the man who shot her son can't run forever.

"The only thing I can say is, you will get yours. You may not get it today or tomorrow, but you will get yours," said Fulton.

Fulton has been with the DeKalb County Police Department for four years.

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