Updated:CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga.,None —
Authorities said officers have captured three men accused of shooting at passing cars and opening fire on a Georgia State Patrol trooper.
Deputies, police officers and state troopers set up a command post along Woodall Road near the Cherokee-Bartow county line on Monday morning. Police aggressively searched a wooded area for the gunmen. One of the three men was captured just before noon,the other two were arrested a few hours later.
A tracking dog and officers carrying machine guns searched for the group of men early Monday morning.
“Three suspects identified as Hispanic males fired upon the trooper numerous times,” said Capt. Joe Hamby of the Georgia State Patrol.
Hamby said it started when deputies got a call that someone in a Honda Civic fired shots at a SUV on Interstate 75.
“One of the troopers spotted the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop on it.
After the trooper dodged several bullets while chasing the Honda, Hamby said the suspects jumped out of the car on Woodall Road and Upper Sweetwater Trail.
“Not before firing on the trooper again, at which point, he returned fire,” said Hamby.
Officials identified two of the suspects as Arturo Aceves Ramirez, 21, and Jose Slavador Vera Lule. They are being held in the Cherokee County Jail.