A child and deputy were injured in an exchange of gunfire last week in East Hall.
What we’ve learned since then
A seven-year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office is on paid administrative leave following last week’s shooting on Campbell Road, authorities said.
Sgt. Patrick Tolan fired his weapon around midnight Thursday, when deputies responded to a home invasion, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and sheriff’s office officials.
Justin Castillo, 18, of Gainesville, also fired shots, according to the GBI. No charges have been filed in this case, Deputy Stephen Wilbanks said Tuesday.
“Tolan is still on paid administrative leave, as is standard in an officer-involved shooting,” Wilbanks said.
The injured deputy is Sgt. James Brown, who was walking toward the scene with other deputies when he took a bullet to the torso, which was stopped by his ballistic vest, and received a “minor grazing wound to the head,” Wilbanks said.
Brown, an eight-year veteran of the department, was in good health Friday afternoon.
According to the GBI, three people were “injured as a result of the gunfire,” including Brown, Jennifer Harris, 37, of Gainesville, and a 7-year-old.
The child’s hand was injured. The child remained at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for treatment Saturday, according to Wilbanks.
What we don’t know
Exactly who was in the car and how old they are has been a point of confusion. The latest information from the Sheriff’s Office is that there were three children, two 6-year-olds and one 7-year-old. Others in the car were as old as their early 20s.
An update on the child’s condition wasn’t available Tuesday.
Authorities have not released any information about who fired first. They have not released a list of suspects or any charges, though they did note all suspects were taken into custody.
It’s unclear how any of the people may be related or what motive there might have been for a home invasion.
The GBI did not answer questions emailed Tuesday, and the sheriff’s office did not release the incident report.