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A 22-year-old man is in serious condition after firing at Valdosta, Georgia police in an ambush early morning Friday.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the man Stephen Paul Beck, was identified as an Asian male by officers on the scene.
The man called 911 early Friday morning claiming his car was broken into. When officer Randall Hancock arrived on the scene, Beck opened fire.
The two exchanged fire in an apartment complex, wounding each other.
Officer Hancock and the suspect were taken to different hospitals, Valdosta’s WALB reports.
Since the incident, Hancock is recovering after surgery, while Beck is in serious condition.
“You start to wonder,” the police chief Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress stated in an early news conference. “But any motive of why this happened this morning, it would be speculation.”
“The officer called out on the radio screaming for assistance,” Childress added.
There were multiple officers from various law enforcement agencies swarming the apartment complex.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation press release:
On Friday, July 08, 2016, the GBI was requested by the Valdosta Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting incident that occurred at Three Oaks Apartments in Valdosta.
There is video from bystander Carrie Howard: