Two Minors Shoot Police Officer Outside Atlanta
SNELLVILLE, GEORGIA — October 22, 2018
Local Snellville authorities are continuing their search for the second of two teenagers suspected in connection with the fatal weekend shooting of a police officer near a school northeast of Atlanta.
The suspect is 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard, who allegedly fatally shot Officer Antwan Toney when he went to check a suspicious car parked near the school in the Snellville area.
According to the Gwinnett County Police report, the man remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. He faces charges in absentia of aggravated assault and felony murder.
"Tafahree Maynard needs to turn voluntarily himself in," Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers said at a weekend news conference.
The incident occurred over the weekend when Toney and other officers responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle near a school. The two young in the car people began to argue with the police officer who asked them for their IDs and asked them to get out of their car so he could inspect it. Maynard then took out his weapon and shot the officer; the two young men then disappeared.
Officer Toney died in the hospital over the weekend from his wounds, police said. The 30-year-old from Southern California had been with the Gwinnett County Police Department for nearly three years, serving in his first police job.
"The people that worked with Officer Toney on a daily basis recalled a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community," Ayers said.
According to the authorities’ official statements, if the suspect does not show up within the next day, he will be transferred to the status of particularly dangerous criminals, and the FBI can start looking for him. The suspect's neighbors said they haven't seen him since Sunday.
#BREAKING – WANTED: Tafahree Maynard is wanted for aggravated assault and felony murder in connection to the shooting death of Officer Antwan Toney. If you or your friends see him, do not approach, but call 911 or @GwinnettPd immediately! THE LATEST: https://t.co/Q26pkFMhaK pic.twitter.com/hlw93jRt4R— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) October 21, 2018
Another suspect, 19-years-old Isaiah Pretlow, was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a firearm at an officer during the pursuit after Toney's fatal shooting, police said earlier.
An officer searching the area later encountered Pretlow at about 3 p.m.
Pretlow pointed a gun at the officer, who fired shots, according to a statement. Pretlow wasn't hit and fled into the woods. He was later taken into custody by U.S. Marshals.
Toney's sister, Carla Johnson, says he moved to Atlanta from California specifically for the job with Gwinnett County.
She says she spoke with him just before he went to check out the suspicious vehicle. The two were making plans for the holidays.
"I talked to him as he was pulling up to the call," Johnson said on a FaceTime call with WGCL. "During that call, the radio call came through and so I wrapped up, and he said, 'Okay, I've gotta go. I've got to take this call. I'll call you right back.' It's the last time I talked to him. The next call I got was from his lieutenant telling me what happened."
Officer Toney’s family says he was living his lifelong dream.
"Antwan wanted to be a cop since we were children," Johnson said. "He is the only person I know that knew what they wanted to do at 4-years-old. He had police cars that he used to play with, probably well into his teens and his police figurines. He knew he wanted to be a police officer."
Officer Toney's sister says he loved helping steer children in the right direction. A viral video shows him playing a pick-up game of basketball with a group of neighborhood children. His sister says he was the life of the party, generous, and had a huge heart.
"He wanted to be that person to bridge that gap between the law enforcement and the community and show that there are good guys and he was one of them," Johnson said.