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Authorities: Man accused of firing at officers during chase
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Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime scene specialists work the scene of a shooting Nov. 3, 2017, on Friendship Road in Hall County. The incident involved Gwinnett County Police and a suspect who was shot in the face and hand. - photo by Scott Rogers

A Lawrenceville man pursued Friday in a high-speed chase into Hall County pointed his gun at officers and fired out of the window, according to authorities.

James Corey Heard, 36, will be charged in Hall County with aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Heard had outstanding arrest warrants for reckless driving, obstruction, fleeing and violation of probation.

Gwinnett County Police officers attempted to arrest Heard in the 2300 block of Buford Highway, when Heard reportedly drove away in a 1997 Ford Escort.

“During the chase, Heard pointed a firearm at the pursuing officers and fired out of the window of his vehicle,” the GBI wrote in a news release.

The chase entered Braselton, where Heard “began driving on the wrong side of Friendship Road” near Ga. 211.

Gwinnett County police officer Jason Robertson attempted a pursuit intervention technique, known as a PIT maneuver, which is a tool used by law enforcement to end the chase by making the offender’s car spin.

The GBI said Heard pointed his gun at Robertson, with Robertson firing multiple shots from his patrol vehicle after their cars came to rest near each other.

“Heard was found to have injuries to his hand and his head,” the GBI said. “Evidence discovered during the course of the investigation suggests that the gunshot wound to Heard’s head may have been self-inflicted.”

Heard is expected to recover from his injuries at Gwinnett Medical Center, and none of the officers were injured.

The case will be turned over to the Northeastern Judicial Circuit district attorney’s office for review and prosecution.

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