Georgia sheriff and deputy wounded, three others dead in shooting

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 23, 2015 12:55 PM

By David Beasley

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A former police officer shot and injured a Georgia county sheriff and his deputy after they responded to a domestic dispute in which three people died, a law enforcement official said on Monday.

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell and Deputy Bill Zigan were called out Sunday to a house in Clarkesville in northeastern Georgia, where they found a woman dead in the garage, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang said.

When the law enforcement officers entered the home, Anthony Giaquinta, 40, "popped out and fired on them," hitting them both, Lang said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Giaquinta had been fired from his police job in Gainesville, Georgia. The dead woman was his wife, the newspaper said.

The gunman fled the house and investigators later found his body along with another man's body behind the home, Lang said.

She did not know the relationship between Giaquinta and the other man, or whether the suspect committed suicide or was killed.

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The sheriff was released from a hospital Sunday night, Lang said. She did not know the condition of the deputy.

The Habersham County Sheriff's Office could not be reached for comment.

(Additional reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Bill Trott)