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Police actively looking for suspects in officer-involved shooting
Manhunt unfolds in area of Athens Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard after cops fired on
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Police and agents with the GBI work the scene shortly after midnight Saturday of an officer-involved shooting that occurred late Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in the area of Athens Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard in Gainesville. Police said a Hispanic male or female fired at police officers who returned fire. The officers were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with unknown injuries. The suspect was still on the loose as of 1 a.m. Saturday. - photo by Nick Watson

UPDATE: Suspects arrested at Gainesville home

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Police are actively looking for armed suspects in an officer-involved shooting that occurred late Friday in the area of Athens Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard in Gainesville.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said Marcos Garcia Tovar, 20, and Alondra Rodriguez, 20, have active warrants for aggravated assault on a peace officer and are presumed to be armed and dangerous.

The initial 911 call came around 9:30 p.m. on a suspected domestic dispute.

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

The suspect, described as a Hispanic man with long hair and wearing blue jeans and a leather jacket, was with a Hispanic woman when officers arrived. A physical altercation then started. 

"During the altercation, a gun was brandished. It's unknown if the gun was brandished by the female or the male involved in the altercation," Holbrook said. "However, at this time, we do believe the female is an active part of this case."

Holbrook said “it is believed that our officers did return fire."

Holbrook said K9 units and helicopters were engaged to look for the suspect. Police activity in the area was heavy, with numerous vehicles observed with lights and sirens activated traveling at a high rate of speed along Green Street shortly after midnight.

"We want the public to know that we do have probably two individuals who are armed (and) on the loose," Holbrook said.

While Tovar's hair appears short in a mug shot provided by police, he is said to have long hair now.

Holbrook said both officers were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and are in stable condition with minor injuries.

The Hall County electronic alert system was activated during the manhunt. Police advised residents in the area to stay inside, lock their doors and call 911 to report suspicious activity. 

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Police and agents with the GBI work the scene of an officer-involved shooting that occurred late Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in the area of Athens Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard in Gainesville. - photo by Nick Watson
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