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Habersham County Sheriff, Deputy Shot; Suspect Found Dead

Habersham County Sheriff, Deputy Shot; Suspect Found Dead

Authorities say the suspect in the shooting of Habersham County’s sheriff and a deputy is dead.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Sheriff Joey Terrell and a deputy identified as William Zigan responded to a domestic call in Clarkesville at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. They found a woman, later identified as the suspect’s wife, dead in a garage and an armed man on the scene. Both Terrell and Zigan were shot by the suspect, who fled the scene.

The suspect, identified as former Gainesville police officer Anthony Giaquinta, apparently crashed his vehicle near the house. He then headed back to the house.

Around 11:20 p.m., police found the body of the suspect and another man near the back of the home. It’s not yet clear the circumstances behind their deaths. The third victim’s name has not been released.

The sheriff and deputy were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment. They were said to be responding well to treatment. Terrell was discharged shortly before 11 p.m. to recover at home. Zigan was still in the hospital Monday morning.

Terrell was reportedly shot in the arm. Zigan was hit multiple times; one of his injuries was to his shoulder.

The GBI is handling the investigation. They said Giaquinta used to work for the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office as a canine officer, but left about a year ago. He worked for the Gainesville Police Department before that.

Authorities said Sheriff Terrell knew Giaqunita personally, which is why he responded to the domestic call.

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This entry was posted on February 23, 2015 by in Headlines, U.S..

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