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Suspect in Gwinnett officer's death killed by police after found armed in shed
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The man accused of killing a Gwinnett County police officer was found hiding in a wooden shed wielding a lawn mower blade and was shot and killed after he refused to obey police commands, authorities said.

After receiving information from a tipster on Tafahree Maynard's whereabouts, 75-90 police officers descended on a neighborhood in unincorporated Snellville, set up a perimeter and went house to house, Gwinnett Police Chief Butch Ayers said at a press briefing.

After finding Maynard, police initially used a Taser. They shot after determining he had was armed with a mower blade. Police said the officers were five to six feet away from Maynard when he was shot. "The danger to the community is over," Ayers said.

Maynard was found about one mile from where Gwinnett County police Officer Antwan Toney was shot Saturday afternoon.

Police believe Maynard fired the shot that killed Toney on Saturday afternoon.

Another suspect, Isaiah Pretlow, 19, of Snellville, was arrested late Saturday night by U.S. marshals and charged with aggravated assault. He was booked at the Gwinnett County Detention Center shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday, and is being held without bond, according to jail records.

He and Maynard were together when Toney was called to investigate a "suspicious vehicle" near Shiloh Middle School in unincorporated Snellville, according to police.

Toney was shot while approaching the car, officials said. He was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Toney, the fourth Georgia officer killed by gunfire this year and 45th nationwide, was just days away from his three-year anniversary on the police force when he was killed.

Visitation has been scheduled for 2 p.m and 6 p.m. Tuesday at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Peachtree Corners. Toney's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at 12Stone Church, 1322 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville.

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