Upon finding and nearing the vehicle, "shots were fired from inside the suspect vehicle", and one of them hit Toney, a news release said.
Toney's death comes after three separate officer-involved shootings across Georgia on Thursday that left two men dead, none of whom were officers. The suspect's name is Tafahree Maynard, and authorities warn that he should be considered armed and unsafe.
Tafahree Maynard was one of two men charged in the fatal shooting Saturday of Gwinnett County police Officer Antwan Toney. The suspects initially fled the scene in a black sedan, but they crashed the vehicle less than a mile away and continued their flight on foot.
"Other responding officers returned fire and pulled Ofc". They said they were still looking for Maynard, who has been charged with aggravated assault and felony murder in connection with Toney's death. Police say witnesses reported seeing four people run from the scene.
"When we first learned of the news early this morning, and we have a couple of officers who are out working today who were explorers with Officer Toney, they were definitely very sad to hear of the events that happened yesterday", said Jennifer Amat with the Orange Police Dept.
Isaiah Pretlow, 19, was arrested Saturday night and charged with aggravated assault.
An officer who was searching the area encountered Pretlow about 3 p.m. Police say Pretlow pointed a gun at the officer, who fired shots. It's unclear if any of the suspects are injured.
"Tafahree Maynard needs to turn himself in", Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers said at a press conference.
Toney was responding to a call around 2:30 p.m. Saturday about a suspicious vehicle near Shiloh Middle School in the Snellville area, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta.
According to Gwinnett Police, Maynard was shot and killed after being given several verbal commands from officers who found him in the shed.
Both suspects are from Snellville.
- The family of Officer Antwan Toney is trying to come to grips with a heartbreaking loss after he was killed in the line of duty. The 30-year-old from Southern California had been with the Gwinnett County Police Department for almost three years.
Thomas indicates that suspect's vehicle was on "Crumps Landing behind Shiloh Middle School" when Toney approached it.