Suspects in Tift Co. officer-involved shooting identified, deputy released from hospital

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 5:44 PM EDT
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ELDORADO, Ga. (WALB) - Both men in a Friday officer-involved shooting in Tift County have been identified, according to the Tift County Sheriff’s Office.

Justin Freeman, 40, of North Carolina, was identified as the man injured in the shooting by the Georgia Burea of Investigation (GBI) Monday.

Then the other suspect, Waylon Parnell, 21, was identified by the Tift County Sheriff’s Office.

The shootout happened down this road....
The shootout happened down this road....(WALB)

On Friday, the GBI said the Tift County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call about two men knocking on multiple doors in an Eldorado neighborhood. Deputies found the two men and tried to identify them. One of the men fired shots, hitting one of the deputies several times. Another deputy returned fire and hit that man.

The GBI said Freeman will be taken to Tift County Jail when he is released from the hospital.

The deputy that was hit has been released from the hospital, according to the GBI.

Freeman was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, two counts of use of a firearm by a convicted felon during the commission of a crime, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer when engaged on official duty, criminal attempt to commit a felony and possession of methamphetamine, according to Tift County Jail records.

The sheriff’s office said Parnell was charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property.

All charges are felonies.

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