Hall County

'Armed and dangerous' couple in custody after police shooting

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Two fugitives accused of attacking officers and firing a gun are now in custody.

Police told Channel 2 Action News Sunday morning that the two surrendered peacefully at after hiding in a house in Gainesville.

Gainesville police told Channel 2 Action News the incident happened along Athens Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Friday evening.

Investigators asked people nearby to lock their doors and report any suspicious activity to police.

Police told Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach  they were looking for Marcos Tovar, 20, and Alondra Rodriguez, 20.

When officers responded to a suspicious persons call, police told Channel 2 Action News Tovar and Rodriguez started fighting with an officer. That's when police said Rodriguez pulled out a gun and pistol whipped an officer in the head.


Backup arrived and that's when Gainesville police said both suspects fired at two officers. They returned fire.

"They actively went after police officers with gunfire, so we know that they are dangerous," said Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook.

The police department said the officers were transported to the hospital due to minor injuries, but have since been released.

Neighbors said they ducked for cover when they heard gunfire.

"I was like boom, boom, boom, at least six or seven shots," neighbors Shenna Johnson said. "I just started screaming for my kids. I was terrified."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to help with the investigation.

They said both Tovar and Rodriguez were considered to be "armed and dangerous."

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