Investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation swarmed a gas station and convenience store on Highway 92 in Cherokee County Tuesday evening.
"You just don't see that stuff up in this part of town," said Mike Burgess, a Cherokee County resident.
Investigators took pictures and marked shell casings that littered the parking lot. Officials said the casings are connected to a shooting involving a Cherokee County sheriff's deputy and an man identified as 29-year-old Josiah Farino. Authorities said the incident started at about 3 p.m. when a deputy was dispatched to check out a call about a man who had outstanding warrants.
"The deputy made contact with that suspect [Farino] in the Baxter Grocery parking lot. The suspect fled on foot and the deputy chased him around the building and the suspect jumped into the deputy's patrol car. He then drove toward the deputy and the deputy fired on the car," said Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators said the Farino was able to get away in the patrol car, traveling about four miles until he stopped at near the intersection of Highway 92 and Neese Road.
"The suspect was shot during that transaction at the grocery store. He was transported to Kennestone Hospital with an undisclosed number of gunshot wounds," said Baker.
Mike Burgess is a regular at the store. He said when he heard about what happened, he rushed to the scene to check on the store clerk.
"I got in my truck and was going to drive up here but the traffic was so bad, I just parked my truck to make sure he was OK," said Burgess.
The clerk escaped injury during the ordeal, which Burgess said is good news.
"I am just happy that he is OK," said Burgess.
Farino remains in Kennestone Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. In addition to charges in Gwinnett and Woodstock, Farino is now charged in Cherokee with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Theft by Taking a Motor Vehicle, Interference with Government Property, Fleeing and Attempting to Elude, Reckless Driving, Misdemeanor Obstruction and Felony Obstruction.
Copyright 2014 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Monday, September 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:00:16 GMT
It's an amazing story of inspiration. One man's journey against all odds. 38-year-old Michael Mills is a paraplegic. He was hit by a drunk driver at the age of 16 and before that he was faced with this. "IMore >
It's an amazing story of inspiration. One man's journey against all odds. 38-year-old Michael Mills is a paraplegic, but it's not slowing him down. More >