The 30-year-old from Southern California had been with the Gwinnett County Police Department for almost three years. Jake Smith indicated that whoever fired the fatal shot had the element of surprise and was able to shoot Toney before either he or partner could even unholster their guns. He died at a hospital, Smith said.
"Other responding officers returned fire and pulled Ofc". 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.
Tafahree Maynard (Left) and Isaiah Pretlow (right), as seen in mugshots from prior arrests provided by the Gwinnett County police.
According to police, Pretlow drove the vehicle from the scene following the shooting, crashed a short distance away and fled along with other occupants. It's unclear if any of the suspects were injured. He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals about 11:30 p.m.
The shooting happened Saturday about 3 p.m. near Shiloh Middle School.
Authorities say multiple people have been interviewed about their possible involvement in the shooting death of a George police officer, but no formal charges have been made.
Police in Orange County are mourning one of their own after he was shot and killed in Georgia Saturday. Toney was shot at from inside the vehicle as soon as he approached.
Officers are working around the clock to bring Toney's suspected killer, 18-year-old Tefaree Maynard, to justice.
WSB-TV reporter Rikki Klaus tweeted Saturday night that authorities had surrounded a nearby residence and were waiting for a search warrant.
"Please keep the family of Gwinnett County Police Officer A. Toney in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn his loss", the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook. The 30-year-old had been with the department for almost three years. A helicopter flew above the vicinity of the middle school where the incident occurred. There were as many as four people inside the auto, Smith said.