Burke Co. deputy okay after exchanging gunfire with kidnapping suspect out of Richmond Co.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019
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UPDATE 10:41 PM:
HEPHZIBAH, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- 45-year-old Freddrick Hadden, Jr. is dead after shooting at a deputy,.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office says today at approximately 3:54pm the BCSO received a BOLO regarding a burgundy Toyota Camry. The BOLO advised that a female had been kidnapped at gunpoint and was in extreme danger. Burke County deputies immediately began pro-active patrols of the area in search of the vehicle.

BCSO says Deputy Eric Madison observed the vehicle pass him at approximately 4:33pm, so he followed it into a driveway at the corner of Farmer's Bridge Road and Springhill Church Road. Deputies says the victim attempted to flee the vehicle as the suspect, Freddrick Hadden Jr. was shooting at his female victim 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 Deputy Madison returned multiple shots until the threat was stopped, resulting in the Hadden's death. Investigators says Deputy Madison's vehicle was struck by gunfire, but he was not struck or injured. The victim was shot twice by Hadden and was transported to AUMC by Burke County EMA where she is in stable condition.

Because is was an officer involved shooting, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Force Investigation Unit was called to the scene to investigate.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office commending their officer saying, "Deputy Eric Madison did an amazing job in an extremely difficult and tense situation. We ask that you keep him and everyone involved in your prayers."


UPDATE 7:00 PM:
HEPHZIBAH, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Burke County Sheriff's office says the deputy was following up on a kidnapping BOLO from Richmond county.

The deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire.The deputy was not hit but a patrol car was. The deputy is okay.

We have a crew at the scene. We'll keep you updated on this developing story.


HEPHZIBAH, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Burke County Sheriff's Office says one of their deputies is okay after exchanging fire with a suspect wanted out of Richmond County.

According to the sheriff's office, a Burke County deputy responded regarding a kidnapping suspect from the neighboring county.

The deputy, officials say, managed to locate the suspect, but the deputy and the suspect traded gunfire.

No word on if the deputy was injured.

The sheriff's office, however, is asking residents to avoid Springhill Church at Farmers Bridge Road until the scene is clear.

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