Manhunt: 'Armed and dangerous' murder suspect on the run after firing at, grazing deputy

An "armed and dangerous" man wanted for murder shot at a DeKalb County deputy at a Stone Mountain area apartment complex on Friday afternoon.

DeKalb County police say a deputy were attempting to track Demetrius Nicholas, so he could be taken into custody on a murder warrant, when he fired at them.

It happened around 3 p.m. at the East Ponce Village apartments near the intersection of Juliette Road and Wood Bend Drive.

SKYFOX 5 flew over the scene around 4 p.m. and saw police surrounding that apartment complex. Officers were searching the area behind along Rock Mountain Boulevard.

Just before 7:30 p.m., law enforcement officials told FOX 5 News that after a thorough search of the area, Nicholas has not been located. Operations in the area appear to be winding down as the investigation and search enters a new phase.

Demetrius Nicholas

Demetrius Nicholas  (DeKalb County Police Department)

Murder suspected wanted for shooting at DeKalb County deputy

DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox says the deputy was not actively searching for Nichols, but was spotted by him.

"We had the identity on the suspect," the sheriff said. "One of the deputies just happened to spot the individual who was wanted for murder."

The deputy then called in the situation.

"And the suspect saw, of course, that he was being tailed and began to fire at the deputy," the sheriff said.

It was immediately clear if the deputy returned fire.

Deputy injured attempting to track DeKalb County murder suspect

The deputy was grazed, either by a bullet or flying glass from the car in which he was riding, police say.

He was rushed to an area hospital and later released.

Meanwhile, law enforcement officers from nearly a dozen local, state, and federal agencies swarmed the area, as police say Nichols ran into the nearby woods.

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Hundreds of law enforcement officers from dozens of agencies converge on an apartment complex along Juliette Road near Stone Mountain after a deputy was shot at by a murder suspect on Oct. 13, 2023. (Billy Heath | FOX 5)

Nichols is described by police as being 5-feet-7-inches tall, weighing 155 pounds, with short dread-like black hair.

Police are asking everyone to avoid the area and for those residents who live in the area, to lock their doors and windows. They advise anyone who sees him to call 911 immediately.


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