Freddrick Andrews Hadden Jr.
Photo: Burke County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Burke County Sheriff's Office

Cops: Kidnapper shot woman twice before he was killed by east Georgia deputy

A suspect in east Georgia was shot and killed by a deputy after being accused of kidnapping a woman and shooting her twice over the weekend, authorities said.

Freddrick Andrews Hadden Jr., 45, is accused of kidnapping the woman at gunpoint in Richmond County and driving her into Burke County, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post

Deputies were searching for a burgundy Toyota Camry, which Deputy Eric Madison spotted just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the post said. The deputy followed the vehicle to a driveway at the corner of Farmer’s Bridge Road and Springhill Church Road.

When the car parked, the woman tried to run away from the suspect and hide behind the deputy’s patrol car, but Hadden shot her twice, the post said. The patrol car was also hit by gunfire, but the deputy was not struck.

Madison returned fire, shooting and killing Hadden, the post said. The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was described as stable.

“Deputy Eric Madison did an amazing job in an extremely difficult and tense situation,” the post said. “We ask that you keep him and everyone involved in your prayers.”

Burke County Deputy Eric Madison
Photo: Burke County Sheriff's Office

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was asked to investigate the officer-involved shooting. AJC.com has reached out the sheriff’s office for more information on the investigation.

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