Suspect Found, Killed 3 Days After He Allegedly Killed Cop

Police found Tafahree Maynard, shot him after he allegedly refused to obey commands
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2018 2:47 PM CDT
After 3-Day Manhunt, Suspect in Cop's Fatal Shooting Is Dead
This undated photo provided by Gwinnett County Police Dept. shows Tafahree Maynard.   (Gwinnett County Police Department via AP)

Days after he shot and killed a Georgia police officer, suspect Tafahree Maynard was himself shot and killed by police after a three-day manhunt. Gwinnett County Police Department Officer Antwan Toney was called to investigate a suspicious vehicle Saturday afternoon near a middle school and was fatally shot while approaching the car. Police say Maynard, 18, is believed to have fired the shot; he was with Isaiah Pretlow, 19, at the time. Pretlow was arrested late Saturday night and charged with aggravated assault. Maynard was found hiding in a wooden shed Monday morning, about one mile from where Toney was shot, after police received a tip. Police say he was armed with a lawnmower blade and that he was shot and killed by police after he refused to obey their commands, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Toney, a California native, had just turned 30 days before his death, 11 Alive reports; he was just six days away from his third anniversary with the department when he was killed. "The people that worked with him on a daily basis recalled a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community," Police Chief Butch Ayers said, per WSB-TV. It's not clear why shots were fired. An anonymous 911 caller reported people inside the vehicle were smoking pot; no words were exchanged before Toney, who was accompanied by another officer, was shot. Pretlow allegedly crashed the vehicle and then fled on foot. (The suspected South Carolina cop killer had boasted of his gun skills.)

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