FBI: Man who shot Ga. deputy may be headed to Atlanta area; $20K - CBS46 News

FBI: Man who shot Ga. deputy may be headed to Atlanta area; $20K reward offered

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and FBI said they are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the capture of a suspect who shot a Banks County deputy Wednesday afternoon. 

Banks County officials said they have information that the man fled to the Atlanta area. Banks County, where the shooting took place, is about 1 hour northeast of Atlanta.

The sheriff's deputy was shot after a robbery and police pursuit that began in Commerce Wednesday afternoon.

A spokesperson with the Banks County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to an armed robbery in progress at the Atlanta Dragway around 4 p.m.

Police said the suspect tried to kidnap a victim but ultimately fled the scene after stealing the victim's vehicle.

Police say they found the vehicle at the Tanger Outlet Center. After attempting a traffic stop, deputies say the suspect tried to flee again, and ultimately left the vehicle and opened fire on a deputy who was still in a patrol car.

The deputy was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. A spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the deputy was hit in the chest, but the bullet did not penetrate because of the deputy's bulletproof vest.

The deputy was not identified by authorities.

The GBI says the suspect then forced a female at gunpoint to drive him to metro Atlanta, where he released her.

The suspect is still at large and is believed to have two weapons. A sketch of the suspect has also been released by the GBI.

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