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Authorities: Suspect in Banks deputy shooting dead
FBI agent wounded in gunfight
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The FBI said Friday that the suspect in the shooting of a Banks County Sheriff's deputy was killed in a shootout with agents attempting to arrest him in Atlanta. An agent was also shot, suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

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ATLANTA — An FBI agent was shot and injured in Atlanta on Friday in an altercation with the suspect in the shooting of a Banks County deputy earlier in the week.

The suspect, 32-year-old Avery Richard, was shot and killed by FBI agents.

FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett said the agent was shot while trying to serve an arrest warrant. Emmett said the agent suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was being treated at an area hospital.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the Banks County Sheriff’s Office said the FBI confirmed Richard was the suspect that shot a Banks County deputy at the Tanger Outlet Mall on Wednesday.

Authorities say that confrontation came after reports that a vehicle was stolen at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce.

Banks County sheriff’s officials said when their deputies tried to stop the stolen vehicle near the Tanger Outlet, a man opened fire at them and then fled across Interstate 85.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the man fired multiple times at deputies, striking one officer whose ballistic vest stopped the bullet. The deputy received non-life-threatening injuries.

The shooting prompted a manhunt, with authorities releasing a sketch of the suspect and saying on Thursday they believed him to be in the Atlanta area. According to the GBI, the suspected gunman kidnapped a woman about two miles from where the deputy was shot and forced her to drive him to Atlanta.

“Law enforcement has worked around the clock to ensure that the suspect was brought to justice,” the Banks County statement said. “Please join us as we pray for a speedy recovery for our brother that was shot this afternoon during the arrest.”

The sheriff’s office said it would offer a more detailed statement on Monday.

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