September 26, 2021

Former Franklin deputy one of 3 officers injured in Carroll County shooting

(Carroll County, GA) — A former Franklin Police Department deputy was one of three officers injured during a high speed chase and shooting in Carroll County early this morning.

Officer Jay Repetto, who was shot in the line of duty during the incident, is currently employed with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office after serving with the City of Franklin from 2012-2018.

Franklin Police Chief Kevin Hannah says he first learned of the shooting this morning and reports that Officer Repetto is expected to make a full recovery after being shot in the arm.

“Earlier this morning, I received a disturbing telephone call informing me of three law enforcement officers being shot in the line of duty in Carroll County. I was informed that one of those involved was Jay Repetto, a former Franklin Police Department employee and friend of many years. Upon communicating with his wife and daughter, I was relieved to hear that Jay is in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery,” Chief Hannah stated.

Carroll County Officer Jay Repetto (Photo: CCSO)

The AJC reports that Officer Repetto was treated and released from the hospital earlier this afternoon.

A total of three officers were shot in the police chase that ended with one suspect killed and another in custody.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper initiated a traffic stop at around 3:30 AM after clocking a car going more than 110 mph on Interstate 20, Georgia State Patrol Capt. Brandon Dawson said in a CCSO press conference.

The driver stopped initially and then took off again with the trooper in pursuit. The trooper bumped the car to try to stop it but the driver of the car regained control, Dawson said.

Associated Press reports say the trooper continued pursuing the vehicle until a passenger used a rifle to fire at the patrol car and hit it, taking it out of action.

Police officers from Carrollton then joined the chase.

Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards said the passenger fired rounds into his officer’s vehicle, striking Sgt. Rob Holloway, who then hit a utility pole.

The Sgt. was air-lifted to Atlanta where he is currently in surgery. Holloway has been with the department since 2008.

Villa Rica Officer Chase Gordy was struck twice by gunfire coming from the suspect. He was taken to Grady Hospital.

One suspect was killed and the second was taken into custody  and is being held in the Carroll County jail.

The law enforcement agencies involved asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to take over the investigation.

“I have been in contact with representatives from Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Carrollton Police Department, and Villa Rica Police Department, letting them know they are in our thoughts and prayers,” added FPD Chief Hannah. “We ask that our community also pray for those involved and their families during this difficult time.”

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