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Manhunt leads to arrest after officer shot mulitple times during traffic stop

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A Cobb County officer was shot multiple times during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning near Marietta —and after an intense manhunt police said they have caught the alleged shooter.

Mr. James Albert Phillips was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and is currently being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center, according to Cobb County police. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, jail records show.

The injured officer, Mr. C. A. Vill, is in good condition at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said, according to media reports.

The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. when the officer stopped a blue Volvo in front of an office building on Powers Ferry Road between Windy Hill Road and I-285.

Investigators said Officer Vill observed suspicious activity involving the occupants of a 2012 blue Volvo SG-60 and a red 2011 Ford Fusion on Windy Hill Road, just west of I-75. They did not say why the officer was suspicious.

As he followed the Volvo eastbound on Windy Hill Road, the driver turned right onto southbound Powers Ferry Road, Sgt. Pierce said.

“At the intersection of Powers Ferry Road and Shadowood Parkway, the officer initiated a traffic stop,” Sgt. Pierce said. “As Officer Vill approached the driver’s side rear passenger door, he was shot multiple times by the driver.”

The driver, along with his front seat passenger, then fled southbound on Powers Ferry Road in the Volvo.
Officers found the Volvo abandoned a short distance away inside the Walton on the Chattahoochee Apartment complex at 6640 Akers Mill Road.

Minutes later, they were approached by the passenger of the Volvo who was taken in for questioning, Sgt. Pierce said.

More than 100 officers took part in the eight-hour manhunt for the shooter, many staying over after their overnight shifts ended to find the suspect.

“He was found in the stairwell of a home near the Chattahoochee River and he surrendered without incident,” Sgt. Pierce said. It was about a mile away from the shooting.

Mr. Phillips, 36, was released from state prison in October after being convicted of obstruction of a law enforcement officer and methamphetamine possession in Cherokee County, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“We got him in custody south of I-285, about a mile away (from the scene of the shooting),” Sgt. Pierce said. “He was found in the stairwell of a home near the Chattahoochee River and he surrendered without incident.”

By late Tuesday, another man and a woman who investigators believe were in the Volvo when it was pulled over on Powers Ferry Road, were also in police custody.

“As for if any charges are going to be levied against them, that has yet to be determined,” Pierce said, adding that they were taken into custody earlier in the morning.

Sgt. Pierce said the wounded officer, who has been on the force for about a year and a half, “is in good spirits, he’s in good condition," the AJC reported.

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