A perimeter was set up in the area by numerous law enforcement agencies and a K-9 unit was brought in to help track the on-the-run pair, who eventually managed to make their way to the church. More than 100 people were gathered there for a program when the duo burst in and asked a church leader for help in obtaining dry clothes and food.
The others were moved to safety in another part of the church and soon after, officers arrived. The man was shot during a “brief encounter with officers,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement. Meanwhile, the runaway juvenile was Tasered by another officer for allegedly failing to comply with commands to get on the ground.
She was taken to Piedmont Hospital to be examined.
The man who was shot was lifeflighted to an unidentified Atlanta area hospital, where his condition was unknown Sunday. No one else was harmed at the church, where the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has now taken over the investigation.