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Suspect death, patrol car targeting may be related

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LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

Leesburg's Police Chief Charlie Moore calls for calm Tuesday morning, after a Lee County deputy's cruiser was struck by a bullet on the driver's side last night.  Police believe that incident could be related to the police shooting of a suspect.

The incident happened just before 11:00, near the Pine Street location where a Leesburg Police Captain shot and killed 42 year old Tracey Clyde Monday afternoon.

Captain Monterey Moody, a 17-year police veteran, was searching a house with a Lee Co. deputy for Clyde, when Clyde was said to have attacked the officer. The two men fought, and Moody attempted to use his stun gun on Clyde to subdue him. That was unsuccessful, and Moody shot Clyde, killing him.

Moody is on administrative leave, and was treated for bite marks on his arm, and lacerations to his head.

Authorities were looking for Clyde on charges of burglary and aggravated assault. They were acting on a tip that he was in the Pine St. neighborhood about 3:00 Monday afternoon.

Clyde has a long criminal record, going back to the 1980's, and was released from Wilcox State Prison in March for aggravated assault.

Lee Co. Sheriff Reggie Rachals has put his deputies on high alert, and Leesburg Police has increased city patrols.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case.

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