Manhunt underway for theft suspect in officer-involved shooting

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SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. —

A manhunt is underway for a theft suspect police say shot at an officer while fleeing Thursday evening. A bystander may be wounded.

College Park Police Deputy Chief Ferman Williford says the officer had followed a theft suspect. A citizen flagged the officer down by Heritage Elementary, on Jolly Road, off Old National Highway. A foot chase followed, authorities said.

Williford says the suspect shot at the officer, who fired back at the gunman. The officer was not hit, Williford says, but a female bystander may have suffered a leg wound. As of early Thursday evening, the suspect was still at large and may be injured, Williford said.

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An officer described the suspect as an 18-year-old black man, with a medium-brown complexion, 5-feet-6 inches to 5-feet-8 inches, slim build, bushy afro, and wearing a white or tan tank top and tan camouflage shorts.

Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne counted more than 20 police vehicles at the scene.

Police are looking for the suspect, who is considered armed and dangerous.

A Channel 2 Action News crew is gathering details about the shooting.

We'll have developments tonight on The Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11.