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Routine traffic stop leads to police chase and manhunt

Approximately 20 officers from three agencies involved

RIVERDALE — Clayton and Fayette county authorities are searching for a man who authorities said shot at a deputy following a police chase.

The police chase began around noon, when a driver on Helmer Road was pulled over by a Fayette County Sheriff’s deputy.

“Fayette County Sheriff's Office initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic related offense at Helmer Road and Mitchell Road in north Fayettte County,” said Fayette County Sheriff Lt. Brent Rowan. “When the deputy attempted to identify the driver, the driver put his car in drive and took off their was a brief pursuit.”

The police chase crossed the Clayton County line on Helmer Road and the suspect took a right turn onto Timberlake Drive, Rowan added.

“When the vehicle turned the suspect jumped out of the car while it was still rolling,” said the lieutenant. “The Fayette County deputy attempted to taze the suspect but he missed. Then the suspect discharged one round of the firearm at the deputy.”

The deputy was not hit by the gunfire , but then the suspect ran into woods on Timberlake Drive.

Police began a manhunt with approximately 20 officers taking part in the manhunt, which lasted for approximately and hour, according to Rowan.

Fayette County Sheriff Office deputies, Clayton County Police and Clayton County Sheriff Office deputies assisted in the manhunt. However their efforts were futile.

“We were unable to locate the suspect,” Rowan acknowledged.

The lieutenant said the car was not stolen and the car registration was a part of their on-going investigation.