Man dead, 2 officers shot following I-75 chase

Man dead, 2 officers shot following I-75 chase
Ashburn Police confirmed that one of their officers was shot. (Source: WALB)
Ashburn Police confirmed that one of their officers was shot. (Source: WALB)
(Source: Viewer photo/Twitter/Austin Bennett)
(Source: Viewer photo/Twitter/Austin Bennett)
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says all lanes of Interstate 75 have reopened after a deadly shooting that injured a police officer, a sheriff's deputy, and another woman.

It happened near mile marker 99 in Crisp County.

The incident began about 4:00 p.m. when an Ashburn Police officer tried to pull over a car for a tag violation near mile marker 82 on I-75. The driver did not stop, and a chase began on the Interstate.

Officers with the Crisp County Sheriff's Office joined the chase north on I-75. During the chase, GBI agents said those in the car began firing at the officers.

Georgia State Patrol and Turner County Sheriff's deputies arrived as the chase ended.  Somehow, a female Ashburn Police officer and a male Turner County deputy were wounded, apparently by "friendly fire." GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Terry Howard said, "The officers that were injured was a result of shots fired from other officers. The investigation is ongoing. There are a lot of evidence that's got to be collected and processed."

A male suspect in the car died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. We're told he has a long criminal history.

A woman in the car was injured and taken to a hospital. We believe she was shot.

Both wounded officers were treated at a hospital and released.

Transportation officials shut down all lanes of I-75 North near the location and detoured drivers for about three hours, and reopened them just before 9 p.m. Thursday.

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