A woman was abducted from her job and shot and killed by a man described as her ex-boyfriend after leading police on a car chase in Georgia on Sunday night, authorities said.
At around 11 p.m. local time, the Fayetteville Police Department received 911 calls indicating a woman was being abducted from her job at a fast food restaurant in Fayetteville, Georgia, about 25 miles south of Atlanta. , Fayetteville police said in a news release.
Police said 911 callers said a “male subject entered the restaurant and took his ex-girlfriend, a restaurant worker, at gunpoint.”
“Another caller indicated that the suspect drove away with the victim in a red Chevrolet Camaro,” police added.
Police identified the man as 20-year-old Cameron Ja’Michael Hopkins.
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A man flees from the police and shoots at officers
Police spotted the Camaro on the way to the restaurant and followed Hopkins to confirm if it was the reported vehicle, police said.
“The vehicle began to flee from officers in the Banks Road area of Fayetteville and a vehicle chase has been initiated,” Fayetteville police said. “The pursuit left Fayette County and entered Clayton County via McDonough Road.”
When Hopkins turned into an alley at a nearby high school, police used a PIT maneuver – a tactic used by police to stop a fleeing vehicle by crashing into the car – which caused Hopkins to stop , police said.
Hopkins then fired “several shots inside the vehicle” and at officers who were inside their vehicles.
“Officers were able to exit their vehicle and seek cover while the suspect and victim remained inside the vehicle,” police said. “Officers began giving orders to the suspect to get out of the vehicle, which were ignored.”
Fayette County Sheriff’s Department deputies deployed an irritant in the vehicle, causing Hopkins to get out of the car and he was arrested.
Woman shot dead, investigation underway
The victim had multiple gunshot wounds and succumbed to his injuries, police said.
Hopkins is charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault. The Clayton County Police Department has been handling the investigation into the homicide since it occurred in Clayton County, police said.
The investigation is ongoing and the victim’s name has not been released to “allow the family to be informed”, police said.