DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -
A manhunt is over for a man who shot a Douglas Police officer after an armed robbery. The suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Christopher Barnett, was taken into custody in a trailer park near town.
It was just after 1:00 a.m. the same day when an officer was shot after a armed robbery at Flash Foods on 441 North. Douglas Police say officers later saw a Chrysler convertible matching the description of the car at the scene of the robbery.
"Due to it coming from the same direction as the armed robbery call, they felt it may be involved in the armed robbery," said Douglas Police Chief Gary Casteloes. Officers stopped the car on South Gaskins going at a high rate of speed. With two males inside, one officer approached the driver and the other officer went to the passenger door.
"The passenger jumped out of the vehicle started running west towards Walmart and turned and started firing at our officer," said Casteloes.
The officer, Larry Carter was shot in the upper thigh but continued to chase the suspect. "The officer returned fire and continued to give foot chase for about a quarter of a mile through the parking lot," said Casteloes.
Police said Barnett had escaped with the gun he shot the officer with at the time. The officer was air lifted to Savannah Memorial for treatment. "Once there, they found out it was a through and through wound and it was not critical and has been released," said Casteloes.
A robbery also took place earlier in the night at the Flash Foods in Pearson. The GBI began an investigation to see if the two were connected.