BURKE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - A kidnapping suspect has died after an exchange of gunfire with a Burke County deputy Saturday.
Saturday, Aug. 10 at approximately 3:45 p.m. the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received at be on the look out notification from Richmond County for a burgundy Toyota Camry. The notification advised that a female had been kidnapped at gunpoint by 45-year-old Freddrick Andrews Hadden Jr. and was in extreme danger.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Eric Madison observed the vehicle around 4:30 p.m., then turned around and followed the vehicle into a driveway at the corner of Farmers Bridge Rd. and Springhill Church Rd. Deputies say as the victim attempted to flee the vehicle, Hadden began gunfire at the victim and deputy. Deputies say the female victim was struck two times as she ran past the deputy to hide behind his patrol car.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Madison returned multiple shots until the threat was stopped which resulted in the death of Hadden. Deputy Madison’s vehicle was struck by gunfire, but he is okay.
Authorities say the female victim was transported to a local hospital by Burke County EMA where she is in stable condition. Due to this being an officer involved shooting the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Force Investigation Unit was called to the scene.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office wants citizens to know, “Deputy Eric Madison did an amazing job in an extremely difficult and tense situation. We ask that you keep him and everyone involved in your prayers.”