Man accused of shooting Georgia cop in face during traffic stop

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Joe Garrett.

ATLANTA — Authorities in Georgia say a suspect has been arrested after a sheriff’s deputy was shot in the face during a traffic stop south of Atlanta.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor tells WTVM-TV that 24-year-old Joe Lee Garrett was arrested just hours after the shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Police say Garrett turned himself in and was transported to Russell County Jail. He is being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, and is currently being held as a fugitive from justice in relation to the shooting.

No other arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation.

Police previously said three people were inside the car which was pulled over on I-85 southbound, about 80 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

The deputy suffered a single shot to the face, above the left eye, while walking up to the vehicle. Officials say he was rushed to a hospital. There’s no word on his condition.