ALPHARETTA, Ga. --The officer and perpetratorin Friday night's officer-involved shooting and chase have been identified.
Curtis Hicks, 52, of Marietta shot Alpharetta Police Officer David Freeman five times during a routine traffic stop in downtown Alpharetta.
According to Alpharetta Police, the shooting happened on Main Street in the parking lot of a Christian bookstore. Hicks was stopped by Freeman for an expired tag before he opened fire.
Nearby is a DUI school where instructor Lynn Hayes said she and her students heard the string of gunfire. Fellow officers rushed to aid Freeman, and found he had been shot several times.
Police later confirmed Freeman took five gun shots -- wounds to hisleft shoulder, rightelbow, the lower abdomen, the left leg above the knee and a bullet-graze on his back.
Immediately after the shooting,Hicks led additional police officers on abrief high-speed pursuit. It appeared he had no intentions of stopping.
The chase ended when Hicks wrecked on GA400 SB, just north of the Northridge exit.
On the scene of the wreck Hicks was shot and killed by authorities after he exchanged fire with the officers who had responded to the accident.
Police said during the chase, Hicks continued to shoot at them, and one of his bullets hit a passing female driver in her hip.
The officer and the woman were transported to North Fulton Hospital where they are both in recovery. Traffic on GA400 was re-routed to the Holcomb Bridge Road exit.
The investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
As of Saturday afternoon, the family of Freeman would not speak to the media, and preferred to not be contacted regarding the incident.