LAVONIA, Ga. (WSPA) – One police officer is in intensive care and another has a bullet lodged in his hand after they were shot during a traffic stop.
Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said the tragic incident happened around 8 p.m. Monday. During a stop, the officers discovered that the suspect was driving a vehicle stolen from Greenville.
The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Khari Anthony Dashaun Gordon.
Officials say Gordon was captured around 11 p.m. Monday after a manhunt.
Gordon appeared in court Tuesday where he was denied bond. His preliminary hearing is set for January 4 at 9:00 a.m.
Chief Carlisle said it’s believed that the officers were shot with a .40 caliber handgun.
The wounded officers were identified as Michael Schulman and Jeffery Martin.
Capt. Michael Schulman is in the ICU at Greenville Memorial Hospital as of Tuesday morning, the police chief said.
The 50-year-old married father of two has been with Lavonia Police Department since 2001.
Capt. Schulman was shot in the armpit area beneath his vest.
Martin, 22, is also married. The Army veteran has served with the department less than a year. A bullet remains in his hand from the shooting, Chief Carlisle said. A specialist will have to surgically remove the bullet.
Chief Carlisle said a perimeter was quickly set up after the shooting. He thanked other law enforcement agencies who responded and assisted Lavonia Police Department.
Chief Carlisle called Monday a terrible day with four officers shot in the state of Georgia.
Gordon will be charged with two counts each of aggravated assault on a police officer, attempted murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Court records show that Gordon was out on bond for attempted murder in Greenville County and he had been stopped in Greenville on Dec. 9.