Man, woman shot by Cobb County police after overnight chase

A domestic situation in Austell developed into chase and a shooting confrontation with Cobb County police in Douglas County late Tuesday evening, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

A teen, Jmiah Holliday says she did not want to go with her father, who she says had a gun. She said they have had a rocky relationship, and she believed he was under the influence of alcohol. The people who were with Holliday at the townhouse called police for help.

Jmiah Holliday is seen with her father Ricardo Tuggle during happier times.

Jmiah Holliday is seen with her father Ricardo Tuggle during happier times. (Supplied)

The GBI says Cobb County responded to a phone call shortly before midnight Tuesday from a man who said that an armed man and unknown woman were at his home on Drennon Avenue in Austell and attempting to take his daughter. He also told police that the man is a convicted felon. The man also described the vehicle that the couple arrived in. 

Responding officers saw the described vehicle leaving the area and attempted to stop it. However, the driver refused to stop and a chase began. Offices used a PIT maneuver near Maxham and Thornton roads in Lithia Springs to stop the vehicle. As officers approached, they say the man in the car began reaching under the driver's seat. That is when the responding officers opened fire.

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The GBI says Cobb County police chased a suspect from Austell into Douglas County, where officers performed a PIT maneuver near the intersection of Maxham and Thornton roads in Lithia Springs. There, officers opened fire on the suspect on May 9, 2023. (FOX 5)

Both the man and woman were shot. They were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and are stable. 

The man has been identified as 38-year-old Ricardo Tuggle of Douglasville. It was also determined that Tuggle is the father of the person he was trying to remove from the home on Drennon Avenue.  The man who called police is the stepfather.

No officers were injured.

A witness told FOX 5 they heard sirens, a car crash and then a large amount of gunfire.

The GBI was called in to investigate, which is standard procedure when a shooting involves a police department.