GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County police announced early Sunday morning that one suspect is in custody in the shooting death of a Gwinnett County police officer Saturday. Another suspect is still on the run.
Isaiah Pretlow is in custody and charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting death of officer Antwan Toney. He's accused of pointing a gun at an officer during the manhut.
This is police supplied picture of Isaiah Pretlow. Charged with agg assault in connection with shooting and killing of Officer Antwan Toney. Accused of pointing gun at an officer during manhunt after fleeing getaway car. pic.twitter.com/j2n3sMbREK— Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) October 21, 2018
Tafahree Maynard, who they believe fired the shot that killed Toney, is still on the run. Police are encouraging Maynard to turn himself in. Though police originally said they thought up to four suspects were involved, they said Sunday morning that Pretlow and Maynard are the only suspects.
Late Saturday night, Channel 2's Rikki Klaus was on Cordite Loop, where police waited for a warrant to search the home. It's unclear if Pretlow was arrested at the home.
Channel 2's Klaus, Michael Seiden and Tony Thomas covered the developing story from the moment it broke around 3 p.m.
Coming up after the game...— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) October 21, 2018
We’re live from a Gwinnett County neighborhood where officers, SWAT have surrounded home that may be connected to one of the suspects. pic.twitter.com/9bdKSufphF
Toney, 30, was shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near Shiloh Middle School in unincorporated Snellville Saturday afternoon. The car was parking at Crumps Landing Road and White Road.
Gwinnett County Sgt. Jake Smith said in a news conference that someone reported the vehicle and that the people inside may have been smoking marijuana.
Toney and another officer approached the vehicle and that's when someone started shooting from inside the car
"Before they could even get to the vehicle, shots rang out," Smith said.
Police returned fire as an officer dragged Toney away.
Toney was rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center in critical condition where he died, officials said.
The two-year veteran was just days from celebrating his 3rd anniversary with the department on October 26.
Smith said that "99.999 percent" of the time, routine calls don't end up in gunfire.
“That it went this way, it’s just tragic,” Smith said.
The suspects sped away and crashed the vehicle on Ross Road and Calumet Farm Lane less than a mile from the shooting scene, got out of the car and ran. Police originally said witnesses reported seeing up to four people run away.
On Saturday night, the car was towed to police headquarters.
Gwinnett County police have opened a new 24-hour tipline and are asking for the public's help to learn more about the shooting. Gwinnett Police are asking anyone with information to call 770-513-5710.
It's the first time an officer has been killed in Gwinnett County since 1993.
Police are closing in on a home on Cordite Loop they plan to search once a warrant is secured. Police are escorting people from their homes:
Gwinnett Police allowed us to move much closer to a Cordite Loop home they plan to search once they get a warrant. I can still hear the helicopter in the sky. Police escorting people in cul-de-sac to their homes.— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlaus) October 21, 2018
Police are asking anyone with information to call a new 24-hour tipline:
Gwinnett Police set up 24/7 tip line for information on shooting death of Officer Antwan Toney. 770-513-5145. pic.twitter.com/MVSS3Teh3u— Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) October 21, 2018
Gwinnett County Police just gave an update on today's shooting. Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers said investigators are reviewing body camera footage of the shooting.
He said Officer Toney's colleagues will remember him fondly.
"The people that worked with Officer Toney on a daily basis recalled a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community," Ayers said.
This is the 5th Line-of-Duty death for our agency. We’ve received kind words and prayers from our community near and far. Our hearts are heavy with this tremendous loss. pic.twitter.com/UPImYwR2jw— Gwinnett County Police (@GwinnettPd) October 21, 2018
We just got new video from earlier today of officers from multiple departments escorting the hearse carrying fallen officer Antwan Toney from Gwinnett Medical Center:
Officer Toney hearse escort
HEARTBREAKING VIDEO: Officers from multiple departments escorted the body of fallen officer Antwan Toney from Gwinnett Medical Center: https://2wsb.tv/2ECM2BXPosted by WSB-TV on Saturday, October 20, 2018
The latest on the SWAT situation in Gwinnett County:
There are DOZENS of police cars on Cordite Loop. We heard what sounded like an attempt at negotiating earlier. Police moved us far enough back that we can’t see crime scene tape anymore. Police checking passing cars. 2 DeKalb PD cars just left. Firefighters switched out crews. https://t.co/V8nLxfgJNx— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlaus) October 20, 2018
Police are asking for the public's help to fine four suspects.
.@GwinnettPd: “A witness to the crash described one of the suspects as a black male, about 6’00” tall, long dreadlocks, wearing green sweatpants and a grey t-shirt. There are no other descriptions available at this time.” Info? Call Gwinnett Police at 770-513-5100. pic.twitter.com/cLxNC1rtOK— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlaus) October 20, 2018
Police give an update and say they are now searching for 4 suspects.
WATCH LIVE: Officers give update on officer killed in Gwinnett County
WATCH LIVE: We're getting another update on the officer killed in Gwinnett County and the ongoing search for the suspects: https://2wsb.tv/2Ezkk8VPosted by WSB-TV on Saturday, October 20, 2018
We've just gotten our first photo of fallen officer Antwan Toney:
JUST IN: We've just gotten this photo of fallen officer Antwan Toney. He was only 30 years old and 6 days from his 3rd anniversary with Gwinnett County Police: https://t.co/zpfdcAhHWf pic.twitter.com/elECslI4O2— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) October 20, 2018
Police say in a news conference that they are searching for at least 4 suspects who fired on a Gwinnett County police officer and that the officers returned fire.
Members of the Lawrenceville Police Department say they will gather at the Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Gwinnett Justice Administration Center complex located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville for prayer and support at 7:00 P.M. this evening.
Terrifying update from our reporter Rikki Klaus in Gwinnett County:
Klaus is at what appears to be a third scene:
We just drove up on what appears to be a third scene on Cordite Loop. Many, many first responders here. Yellow tape up down the road. pic.twitter.com/WrDXD49Akn— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlaus) October 20, 2018
Channel 2's Rikki Klaus just saw a massive SWAT vehicle on Bethany Church Rd.
This large SWAT vehicle just drove by. Helicopter is now gone from the area of Bethany Church Rd. pic.twitter.com/sYKfUVYl7Q— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlaus) October 20, 2018
WHAT WE KNOW NOW:
-- Officer shot is in critical condition; was not hit in the vest
-- Multiple suspects are on run
-- Multiple agencies are working several scenes
-- SWAT is on scene
Gwinnett County police just gave an update on the officer-involved shooting. WATCH:
HAPPENING NOW: Gwinnett County police are giving an update on officer-involved shooting
HAPPENING NOW: Gwinnett County police are giving an update on the officer shot this afternoon in Snellville: https://2wsb.tv/2Ezkk8VPosted by WSB-TV on Saturday, October 20, 2018
Channel 2's Rikki Klaus says this is one of the most "intense and urgent" scenes she's been two as law enforcement vehicles continue to pour into Gwinnett County:
We just saw this on Bethany Church Road. pic.twitter.com/A672WaueiA— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlaus) October 20, 2018
Channel 2's Micheal Seiden and photographer Brandon Bryant are seeing multiple Gwinnett County police vehicles headed to the area of the officer-involved shooting:
BREAKING: @SeidenWSBTV and I are seeing several Gwinnett County Patrol Units passing us in route to the officer-involved shooting. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/0HQKUpJPFh— Brandon Bryant (@bbryantWSB) October 20, 2018
Neighbor told us he just saw the SWAT team run into a Snelville yard, following an officer-involved shooting. He said they had shields, long guns. pic.twitter.com/HkHm9D4zvO— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlaus) October 20, 2018
Channel 2's Rikki Klaus has just arrived at a very active scene:
Police cars continue to speed by here in Gwinnett, following an officer-involved shooting. pic.twitter.com/MuTHLX1atS— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlaus) October 20, 2018
Channel 2's Rikki Klaus and Michael Seiden are on their way to the scene to learn more.
BREAKING: Officer-involved shooting in unincorporated Snellville in Gwinnett County. We’re headed to the scene. @SeidenWSBTV is going to interview police. pic.twitter.com/9x1dyYSgf0— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlaus) October 20, 2018
We have reporters and photographers headed to the scene for LIVE updates on this developing story.
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