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Thomasville Police officer shot at with rifle during traffic stop, suspect in custody

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Posted at 8:30 AM, Apr 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-14 18:50:35-04

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — The Thomasville Police Department announced Thursday afternoon that the suspect is now in custody.

Around 5 a.m., TPD officers tried to stop a van that did not have a license plate, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The van then fled from officers and officers lost sight of the van.

Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputies joined in the search for the van and driver. The van was later found abandoned on Bartow Street, near Wright Street in Thomasville.

Police in Thomasville temporarily shut down an area near Harper School so they could perform an extensive search for the suspect, who they said was "armed and dangerous" at the time.

Officers found the man believed to be driving the van hiding under a nearby house. The man, identified as 18-year-old Harold Alexander, Jr., of Houston, Texas, ran from officers.

As officers chased Alexander, Alexander fired numerous shots from a rifle at the officers, GBI wrote. A Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputy fired back at Alexander, but he got away.

During another search, officers found Alexander in a nearby shed where they also recovered a rifle near the scene they found that Alexander had been shot in the hand, GBI wrote.

He was then taken to a hospital for treatment and taken to the Thomas County Jail. GBI agents have obtained warrants for Alexander for Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer and Felony Obstruction.

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC 27 for updates.