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Sheriff identifies suspect who attempted to shoot deputy

By Rob Moore Reporter
CLARKESVILLE - Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell has released the names of the men involved in an early-morning traffic stop where one of them pulled a gun on a deputy.

Terrell said 47-year-old Marshall Rice was shot by Habersham County Sheriff's Sgt. Greg Chastain just before 1 a.m. Monday on Historic Highway 441 near Habersham Mills Road.

Chastain fired on Rice after he pulled a gun on Lt. Tonya Elrod and pulled the trigger.

"[Rice] stepped out of the truck with a gun in his right hand, grabbed her with his left hand and attempted to fire the gun and it misfired," Terrell said. "He let go and she got away from him."

Officers reacted quickly.

"In the process, [Sgt.] Greg Chastain opened fire on him from the rear, striking him several times," he said.

The suspect was airlifted from Habersham Medical Center in Demorest to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he remained Monday.

Rice is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, with additional charges pending, Terrell said.

Terrell said Chastain has been cleared by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in the shooting.

The other occupant of the vehicle involved in the traffic stop has been identified as 25-year-old Timothy Joseph Barrett of Cornelia. Barrett, also known as Emmanuel Barner, is charged with theft by taking.

"Any traffic stop can go south in a hurry," Terrell said.

Terrell said the incident was drug-related.

"They were selling the jet skis to go buy meth," he said.

Terrell said none of the officers involved was injured in the incident.
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