• $20,000 reward offered in shooting at deputy's house

    By: Audrey Washington

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    PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - The Douglas County Sheriff is offering a $20,000 reward to find a gunman who opened fire on the home of one of his own deputies.  

    Investigators are trying to figure out if the gunman targeted the deputy and his family.

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    Sheriff Phil Miller told Channel 2’s Craig Lucie that he is determined to figure out who opened fire on the home of one of his deputies.

    "We're serious about this, there are not any resources that I won't use," Miller said.

    Miller said he will do everything in his power to help investigators track down the person who shot at the home of one of his deputies in neighboring Paulding County

    "This is something that I will not tolerate, the sheriff of Paulding County will not tolerate," Miller said. 


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    Investigators say someone opened fire on the home just before 9 p.m. Monday. We're not identifying the address to protect the deputy's privacy.

    The deputy and his family were not home, but he was just around the corner and heard the gunfire.

    Authorities are not sure if he was targeted for being in law enforcement, but Miller said it's a reminder of the dangers of the job.

    "We are very visible, we wear uniforms, we drive marked cars, so if somebody wants to target law enforcement, it's a very easy thing to do and it's happening all over this country," Miller said.

    Miller told Lucie that the public has been extremely supportive, even offering their own money to increase the reward.

    "Everything that I've heard, not one negative thing has been said. You know, I think by and large, the public supports law enforcement," Miller said. "We're not going to hide from you, but if you hurt us, or try to hurt us, we're coming after you with all that we've got."

    Miller said the deputy and his family are doing OK, considering the circumstances.

    Meanwhile, if you have any information about the shooting, you're urged to call the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

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