CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A murder suspect is now in custody after police say he shot his girlfriend and stabbed a police K-9 unit during a manhunt.
On Monday afternoon, police identified the victim as Amber Wilson, 27, an Irwin County detention officer who was the man's estranged girlfriend.
Channel 2 Action News was there as investigators caught up with 31-year-old Randy Young and handcuffed him and put him in a patrol car.
"She has had an incident with him before, and she asked me to call the cops before and I did. And now for this to happen, it's just heartbreaking," a neighbor said.
Police said the shooting happened inside the Brookstone Apartment complex in Clayton County at around 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
According to police, Irwin went to his home with a family member to pick up her personal items.
"It does appear that she was in the process of separating from the relationship. She was attempting to leave," a detective told Channel 2's Christian Jennings.
The family member told police the suspect and the woman got into an argument, and then the suspect shot her several times with a handgun.
Wilson died as a result of her injuries, according to police.
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A K-9 unit tried to search for Young and police said he stabbed the dog twice.
The dog was taken to a nearby animal hospital where veterinarians were able to stabilize it.
The K-9 is out of surgery and recovering.
"It's just a horrific incident. Of course our K-9s are considered family. They protect our officers and stand by our side during incidents like this," a detective said.
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