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Alpharetta police officer shot five times, suspect had multiple firearms


Alpharetta police said an officer who was shot during a traffic stop was hit five times, and that the suspected gunman had "multiple firearms" with him.

He led officers on a chase down Georgia 400 while continuing to fire at them.

The shooter, 52-year-old Curtis Hicks of Marietta, was killed.

An officer stopped Hicks for a suspected tag violation in the parking lot of a DUI school on South Main Street. As the officer approached the car, Hicks fired several shots, striking the officer five times, then fled the location. 

Lynn Hayes runs the DUI school that the officer was shot in front of. She described to CBS Atlanta what she and her students experienced during the shooting.

"From right here I could smell gun smoke," Hayes said. "A guy said, 'My God, that's gunfire.' I flicked off the lights right off and said everybody get down. We all peeked out the window and, honey, it was like Bonnie and Clyde. We were surrounded."

Hayes said several of her students' cars where riddled with bullet holes from the shootout.

Roswell and Alpharetta officers chased Hicks after Freeman called for backup. Several officers chased him south on Georgia 400. He eventually crashed his car in Sandy Springs and began firing at the officers. Four to six officers fired back, killing him.

Four police cars and one woman were hit by gunfire. Her injuries are not life-threatening. She is believed to have been hit by the suspect during the police chase. Alpharetta police said the suspect was firing at police cars during the chase and that a bullet went through the woman's SUV and hit her in the hip.

An officer was shot in his right elbow, leg and lower abdomen. He was also struck twice in his vest area. He is currently in stable condition at a local hospital. The officer has been on the force for two to three years.

All southbound lanes of Georgia 400 were closed Friday night until early Saturday south of Northridge Road as police investigated.

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