Georgia police officer fatally shot near middle school

Published: October 20, 2018 9:53 PM EDT
Gwinnett County police officer Antwan Toney/ GWINNETT COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT VIA AP

A Georgia police officer has been killed after being shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school. Law enforcement agencies are searching for suspects following the Saturday afternoon shooting near Snellville, WSB-TV reports.

Police said Gwinnett County police officer Antwan Toney was rushed in critical condition to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he died. The 30-year-old had been a two-year veteran of the department.

The shooting happened Saturday about 3 p.m. near Shiloh Middle School. Authorities say the suspects crashed the vehicle a short time later and witnesses reported seeing as many as four people running from the scene. It’s unclear if any of the suspects were injured.

Snellville is about 25 miles northeast of Atlanta.