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Wounded Alpharetta officer recovering at home
by Rachel Kellogg
April 16, 2013 05:35 PM | 1377 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After sustaining gunshot wounds Friday evening, Alpharetta Police Officer David Freeman “has been released from the hospital and is home recovering,” Public Information Officer George Gordon said Tuesday morning.

Freeman was shot five times — in the right shoulder, right elbow, right hip, lower abdomen and right thigh — after stopping a black Isuzu truck near 221 S. Main Street.

According to police officials, Freeman pulled over the suspected shooter, Marietta resident Curtis Hicks, 52, for a tag violation, but Hicks opened fire, wounding Freeman, and drove south toward Roswell.

When Freeman called for backup, officers from Alpharetta and Roswell chased Hicks down Ga. 400.

During the chase, Hicks opened fire on police vehicles, hitting one unidentified female motorist in her hip, and striking at least four patrol cars, officials said.

The woman, who was shot while driving on Hwy. 9, is expected to make a full recovery.

Hicks eventually wrecked his car on Ga. 400, and when officers approached him, he continued firing his gun. The police returned fire, killing Hicks.

In a statement released Friday night, Gordon credited the city’s firefighters for providing “lifesaving medical treatment” to Freeman and thanked the staff at North Fulton Hospital

“Our communications officers, firefighter responders and our police officers did an outstanding job,” Gordon said in the statement. “The medical treatment started by our firefighter personnel was most critical in allowing this incident to have a positive outcome. They are simply the best.”
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