Tafahree Maynard, 18, has been charged with aggravated assault and felony murder in the killing of Gwinnett County officer Antwan Toney on Saturday, the county's police department said.
Toney died at a hospital from his injuries, police said. A manhunt was still underway for another suspect, identified as Tafahree Maynard. The 19-year-old Pretlow is in custody. According to WSB, they remembered him as a jovial man who loved his job as a police officer.
Authorities say the suspects crashed the vehicle a short time later and witnesses reported seeing as many as four people running from the scene.
Another officer returned fire and dragged Toney away. "Toney to cover", police said. The suspects initially fled the scene in a black sedan, but they crashed the auto less than a mile away and continued their flight on foot.
Officers discovered that the involved vehicle had crashed nearby, which involved Pretlow, police said.More news: Oil falls to one-month low after USA crude stockpiles surge
Police believe Pretlow was driving the vehicle and that as many as four people were inside.
SWAT teams and K-9 units flooded the area, which consists of residential subdivisions and wooded areas. As the police Chief Butch Ayers continued to brief from a podium outside the headquarters, a photo Officer Toney sat on a small table to the side in tribute. Authorities said Toney had family members in California, though the exact location wasn't immediately known.
It is the agency's fifth death in the line of duty. The department lost three other officers in 1964 who were investigating a "suspicious activity call". He had been with the department for 2 years. The 30-year-old from Southern California had been with the Gwinnett County Police Department for almost three years.
Police presence was heavy Saturday evening in neighborhoods a few miles east of Stone Mountain.
Gwinnett County police spokesman Jake Smith says the shooting occurred Saturday afternoon near Snellville.