BANKS COUNTY, Ga. - A shootout between a kidnapping suspect out of North Carolina and two deputies left three people injured at a Banks County motel Tuesday morning.
Officials say around 2 a.m. Tuesday, deputies on patrol spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel in Banks Crossing. Investigators said a man and woman were asleep in the backseat of that car. While running the car's tags, deputies discovered the car's owner was wanted out of North Carolina on kidnapping charges.
As deputies attempted to wake the two people inside the car, the man, later identified as 32-year-old Robert Brodie, abruptly pulled out a firearm and shot his female victim, investigators say.
Brodie then turned the gun on two deputies, exchanging gunfire. One of the deputies was struck at least once and Brodie was shot several times, investigators say.
The deputy, whose name has not been released, was treated and released from an area hospital.
Brodie was hospitalized overnight. His condition was not immediately known.
Investigators said the woman, who was the victim of the North Carolina kidnapping, also was injured. Her condition was not known as of late Tuesday evening.
According to reports, the woman was abducted from a home located along Catherine Weldon Lane in Henderson, North Carolina on Monday night. The motel is located about 360 miles southwest of the home where the kidnapping occurred.
The Banks County Sheriff's Office has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to independently investigate the deputy-involved shooting. The result of the investigation will be turned over to the Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office for review.