Sheriff's office praises deputy, says he followed protocol in officer-involved shooting that left kidnapping suspect dead

A kidnapping in Hephzibah led to a deputy-involved shootout in Burke County Saturday. (Source: WRDW)
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Monday, Aug. 12, 2019

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Burke County Sheriff's Office says a deputy involved in a fatal shooting will return to work later this week.

Deputy Eric Madison will be back at work Wednesday folllowing the Saturday shooting that left suspect Fredrick Hadden dead.

According to a press release, Hadden kidnapped his ex-wife on the 4400 block of Jones Street Saturday. We're told he forced her into a car at gunpoint.

Deputies discovered Hadden had a listed address in Burke County, where the two were found just over an hour later.

In Burke County, Hadden was stopped by Madison and the victim attempted to flee the vehicle as Hadden shot at both her and the deputy. Deputies say Hadden fired shots that struck her two times as she ran past the deputy to hide behind his patrol car.

BCSO says the deputy continued to fire back at Hadden until he was struck, killing the suspect.

The victim was shot twice by Hadden and was transported to AUMC by Burke County EMA where she is in stable condition.

Burke County officials released a statement on the shooting, saying Madison's actions were "heroic in nature" and likely saved the victim's life.

"We are extremely proud of Deputy Madison and the actions of the other responding Deputies as well as our Communications Officer, Burke EMA, and 911 Communications personnel," Sheriff Alonzo Williams said in a statement.

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