"I'm thankful that my deputies are walking away from this incident,” Mangum told the AJC. “They were fired upon, shots hit their cars and by the grace of God they're OK."
The GBI was called to investigate scene and investigate the use of force by officers, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. She confirmed there were no fatalities and no officers were injured.
Miles confirmed this is the 49th police shooting the GBI has investigated this year. The GBI conducted 97 officer-involved shooting investigations in 2017.
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Police shootings have increased across the country so far this year, according to The Washington Post, which maintains a database of police shootings nationwide. So far this year, 491 people have been shot and killed by police, an increase of 24 over this time last year, according to the database. Veteran law enforcement officers say it’s due to the amount of weapons available and changing attitudes toward police.
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