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2 Lavonia Police Officers Shot Caught on Camera, Video Released to Public

Both officers are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Lavonia is a city in Franklin County, Georgia

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed a suspect was arrested after two police officers were shot in Franklin County Monday evening.

Chief Bruce Carlisle with the Lavonia Police Department said the incident started as a traffic stop near Jones Street around 8 p.m. He said the two officers noticed the vehicle which suspect and Greenville native 22-year-old Khari Anthony Gordon was driving had been reported stolen out of Greenville and went to arrest the suspect.

The suspect then shot both officers, according to the chief.

One of the victims is veteran officer Captain Michael Schulman, 50, who was shot in the arm pit area above his vest. The second officer, 22-year-old Jeffrey Martin, was shot in the hand and will have to seek out a specialist to remove the bullet. Carlisle said Martin is an army veteran who has been employed by the department for less than a year. Schulman is married with two children. Martin is also married.

On Tuesday afternoon, Carlisle confirmed Jeffrey Martin had been released from the hospital but would be having surgery in Athens on Wednesday for his hand, where a bullet is still lodged.

Schulman is at Greenville Memorial but is expected to be moved to a normal operating room after fluid is drained from a punctured lung.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Gordon took off on foot after shooting the two officers and a manhunt then ensued. A few hours later the GBI announced the suspect had been caught.

According to a GBI special agent, Gordon was charged with two counts of felony intent of murder, two counts of aggravated assault on an officer and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. More charges could be pending, investigators said.

Gordon appeared in bond court on Tuesday afternoon where he was shackled by his hands and feet. During the hearing Gordon said he did not understand the charge of aggravated assault on an officer and the judge read the entire warrant to him.

He was denied bond at Tuesday’s hearing after the judge said the court found him to be a significant threat to the public. Gordon requested a preliminary hearing which is scheduled for Jan. 4.

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