• Neighborhood shootout injures 4, including child, deputy

    By: Matt Johnson

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    HALL COUNTY, Ga. - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating a shootout that injured four people, including a deputy and a child in a Hall County neighborhood.

    The shooting unfolded in a usually quiet neighborhood along Campbell Road in east Hall County late Thursday night.

    “You don’t see stuff like this around here,” neighbor Yesenia Santana said.

    GBI investigating shootout between deputy, suspects in Hall County
    GBI investigating shootout between deputy, suspects in Hall County

    Santana said she heard gunfire next door and didn’t know what to think.

    “I thought it was like right here because it was loud,” she said. “I got scared so I just went to my parents' room.”

    Authorities say several Hall County deputies were involved in the shootout. They showed up at the house to check on a reported home invasion in progress.

    “In the cover of darkness, this is a very dangerous situation. The officers don’t know what they’re going into,” Hall County Deputy Stephen Wilbanks said.


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    They say the suspects were driving away in a silver sedan and swerved toward a deputy so deputies opened fire.

    A deputy was grazed in the head and shot in the chest, saved by his ballistic vest.

    “We're grateful that all deputies involved will be OK,” Wilbanks said.

    Authorities say children were among the seven people inside the car when it stopped down the road.

    Three people in the car, including one young child, were injured in the shootout, but everyone is expected to recover.

    People in the community are thankful their neighbors weren't hurt.

    “We get along with most of them, and most of them seem pretty nice,” Santana said.

    The sheriff’s office says the adults arrested all face serious charges.

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