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2 suspected of shooting at police arrested at Gainesville home

A man and woman suspected of shooting at Gainesville police officers late Friday were arrested in the early hours of Sunday.

Marcos Garcia Tovar, 20, and Alondra Rodriguez, 20, were located at a home in Gainesville, police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Holbrook wrote in an email at 3 a.m. Sunday.

“Information was developed in the case that led us to the residence,” he said. “Police surrounded the residence at which point both subjects exited peacefully and cooperatively.”

Two officers were injured but not shot in the exchange of gunfire late Friday night in the area of Athens Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. They were transported that night to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with minor injuries and have since been treated and released.

Tovar and Rodriguez face charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer.

Police originally responded to a 911 call at about 9:30 p.m. Friday about a domestic dispute at the Burger King on Athens Street.

"The caller stated that the male subject was dragging the female down the road," Holbrook said.

The first officer to arrive found the man and a fight began. Holbrook said during their confrontation, Rodriguez came up from behind and hit the officer in the head with a gun.

When the second officer arrived, the suspects were running and they “immediately engaged the officer in gunfire as he pulled up,” Holbrook said.

Officers responded with gunfire, he said.

Holbrook said police, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the community helped bring the two into custody.

“We appreciate the overwhelming support of the community,” Holbrook said. “Please continue to pray for all parties involved.”