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3 dead, sheriff, deputy shot in ambush by ex-cop

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A domestic dispute turned deadly after three people were killed, and a Georgia county sheriff and one of his deputies were wounded.

As reported by Fox News, deputies responded to a call in Clarksville, Ga. around 7:30 p.m., where upon arrival they discovered a woman dead in the garage of a home. Rusty Andrews, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Deputy Director of Investigations, told reporters the officers entered the house to check for other possible victims, where “it appears they were ambushed.”

According to Habersham County Manager Phil Sutton, the two officers, Sheriff Joey Terrell and Deputy Bill Zigan were shot and later hospitalized. Fortunately, their injuries don’t appear to be serious. As of late Sunday, Sheriff Terrell had already been released, but Deputy Zigan was expected to be kept overnight.

Former Gainesville, Ga. police officer Anthony Giaquinta has been identified as the suspected gunman. The 41-year-old had recently been fired according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  The bodies of Giaquinta and another currently unidentified man were found after the shooting.

At this moment it remains unclear if the men were shot by law enforcement or if they shot themselves. Sutton believes Sheriff Terrell responded to the domestic dispute because he knew Giaquinta and thought he could reason with him.

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