2 officers shot during traffic stop in Georgia, suspect in custody


LAVONIA, Ga. (WCBD/WSPA) – A suspect is in custody after two police officers were shot during a traffic stop in Lavonia, Georgia, Monday evening.

Khari Anthony Dashaun Gordon, 22, was captured sometime after 11 p.m., according to officials at the scene.

We’re told he will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The officers were arresting Gordon after pulling over a stolen car when the shooting happened, according to Lavonia Chief Bruce Carlisle.

The shooting happened near the Zaxby’s restaurant on Jones Street in Lavonia, according to the chief.

Chief Carlisle said it’s believed that the officers were shot with a .40 caliber handgun.

 Jefferey Martin, left, and Michael Schulman, right, were wounded after a suspect opened fire during a traffic stop, the police chief said. (Courtesy: Lavonia Police Dept.)

The wounded officers were identified as Michael Schulman and Jeffery Martin.

Capt. Michael Schulman is in the ICU at Greenville Memorial Hospital as of Tuesday morning, the police chief said.

The 50-year-old married father of two has been with Lavonia Police Department since 2001.

Capt. Schulman was shot in the armpit area beneath his vest.

Martin, 22, is also married. The Army veteran has served with the department less than a year. A bullet remains in his hand from the shooting, Chief Carlisle said. A specialist will have to surgically remove the bullet.

Gordon was found in the woods about 2 miles from the scene of the shooting.

Gordon was out on bond for an attempted murder charge in Greenville County, according to court records. Gordon was also stopped in Greenville for driving without a license Friday, December 9.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Highway Patrol, and the FBI are assisting in the investigation.

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