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Georgia Sheriff, Deputy Shot by Former Officer Who Had Just Killed His Ex-Wife

February 23, 2015  | 

Habersham County (Ga.) Sheriff was treated and released after being shot at the scene of a double homicide Sunday night. One of his deputies is still hospitalized from the attack. (Photo: Habersham County)
Habersham County (Ga.) Sheriff was treated and released after being shot at the scene of a double homicide Sunday night. One of his deputies is still hospitalized from the attack. (Photo: Habersham County)

A former police officer shot his ex-wife, her friend, a local sheriff and a deputy on Sunday before he died, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents said.

Investigators told WSB TV’s Rachel Stockman that the shooter was a former officer from the Gainesville (Ga.) Police Department. The Sheriff’s Office was called to the man's home because of a domestic dispute shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday.  

"Upon their arrival, they found a female who was deceased in the garage. They made entry to see if any other victims were inside. Upon entry, it appears they were ambushed," GBI Deputy Director of Investigations Rusty Andrews said.

Habersham County manager Phil Sutton told WSB TV that the gunman shot Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell and Deputy Bill Zigan. Sheriff Terrell was released Sunday night. Zigan was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.

Police said the shooter and another man found outside the home died, in addition to the shooter's ex-wife.


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TERRY F. ZECH @ 2/23/2015 3:51 PM

Senseless, simply senseless. My sincere wishes for a speedy recovery for both the Sheriff and Deputy Zignan. It's too bad the former officer did not think this tragedy through before taking so many lives.

richard isacs @ 2/23/2015 7:50 PM

former officer? that implies he is in fact.

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