Man suspected of shooting Georgia deputy kills self, authorities say

A deputy who was responding to a domestic disturbance was shot on Sun., July 16, 2017, but officials say he has non life-threatening injuries. (WGCL-TV)

CUMMING, Ga. (CBS) — A man suspected of shooting and wounding a Georgia sheriff’s deputy killed himself after an armed standoff with officers, authorities say Sunday.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office says in a statement released Sunday night on its Facebook page “the situation has been resolved,” and the suspect had taken his own life. The statement says no additional deputies or other people had been injured.

Area news media reported the deputy was shot in a subdivision in the northern part of the county, about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta.

The deputy suffered leg wounds and was taken to a local hospital where he was being treated for “non-life threatening injuries,” the sheriff’s office says in a news release.

The deputy was investigating a report of a domestic disturbance when he was shot, the sheriff’s office statement says.

“Upon arrival, deputies were attempting to get the subject to come outside to speak with them when they came under significant gunfire from the residence. Deputies returned the gunfire,” the statement says.

The shooting triggered an hours-long standoff.

The sheriff’s office says its negotiators and SWAT team members converged on the scene, along with officers from neighboring counties, and the house was surrounded.

Officials encouraged area residents to stay in their homes until the incident was resolved.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was also called in to assist.

The suspect hasn’t been identified, according to CBS affiliate WGCL-TV in Atlanta.

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