The deputy investigators said was attacked at a convenience store in Dawson County is out of the hospital following treatment for injuries he suffered in an assault Tuesday afternoon.
Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson said Sgt. Randy Harkness, 52, gave a homeless man a ride to the Chevron at the intersection of Ga. 53 and Ga. 400. When Harkness went to give the man some money, the suspect allegedly attacked him.
"He was actually being a Good Samaritan and was going to give the gentleman - or give the suspect - some money to get a few odds and ends and things that he needed, and when he was retrieving the money, the suspect began striking him in the face," Johnson said.
A witness who saw the attack drew a gun and shot the suspect.
The injured suspect then ran to a nearby McDonald's restaurant and allegedly attacked a woman, according to Johnson.
In addition to Harkness, the suspect and the injured restaurant patron were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Harkness is a 24-year veteran of the sheriff's office.