Authorities searched the home of the man responsible for shooting an Alpharetta police officer after receiving a tip that there may be an explosive device inside. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation bomb squad was called to Curtis Hicks' home on Oak Harbor Trail in Marietta on Monday afternoon.
Alpharetta Police Department spokesman George Gordon said so far, no device has been found, but precautionary steps have been taken to gather evidence and make sure nearby residents are safe.
Investigators say Hicks was pulled over by Officer David Freeman for a tag violation around 8:30 p.m. on Friday night on South Main Street in Alpharetta. Police say Hicks opened fire and then fled the scene, prompting a police chase. A woman driving on Alpharetta Highway was hit by a bullet as the suspect was shooting at pursuing officers, and four police cruisers were also struck by gunfire during the chase.
Hicks' vehicle crashed on Ga. 400 southbound just north of Northridge Road, and investigators said he got out of the vehicle and opened fire on officers again. Officers returned fire, and Hicks, 52, was killed.
Officer David Freeman was hit in the leg, lower abdomen, right arm, shoulder, and he was also grazed on the back by a bullet. The woman, who has not been identified, was shot in the hip. He was listed in stable condition. The woman's condition has not been released.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the incident.