Burke County, GA (WJBF) – Saturday afternoon around 3:54 P.M. the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a BOLO regarding a kidnapping.
The BOLO referenced a burgundy Toyota Camry carrying a woman who was kidnapped and held at gunpoint.
Deputies began patrolling the area in search of the vehicle. Officer Eric Madison saw the car pass him at 4:33 P.M. He then began following the car to a driveway on Farmer’s Bridge Road and Springhill Church Road.
The kidnapped woman attempted to flee the vehicle as 45-year-old Freddrick Andrews Hadden started shooting at both the woman and Deputy Madison. The woman was shot twice as she ran past Deputy Madison in an attempt to hide behind his patrol car.
Deputy Madison returned fire at Hadden until he was shot to death. Madison’s patrol car was hit, but he was not struck.
The victim was transported to AUMC where she is in stable condition.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Force Investigation Unit was called to the scene since this was an officer involved shooting. They are currently working on the investigation.
Following Burke County protocol, Deputy Madison spoke with a Critical Incident Stress Counselor from the PBA because of the incident.
The BCSO released a statement saying, “Deputy Eric Madison did an amazing job in an extremely difficult and tense situation. We ask that you keep him and everyone involved in your prayers.”