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    Search over for man accused of shooting K-9 in Bartow County

    It’s unclear at this time exactly how the situation ended. 11Alive is working to learn more about what happened.

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The search has now ended for a man accused of shooting a K-9 in Bartow County Thursday, according to authorities. 

    It’s unclear at this time exactly how the situation ended, but authorities have said the search for Geoffry Frank Walker had concluded. Bartow County officials have not released any other updates at this time.

    Counties away from the initial scene that occurred Thursday night, there’s been an active investigation near the DeKalb County Jail that appears to be connected to Bartow County. 11Alive asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation if agents would be responding to a scene off of Leroy Scott Drive in DeKalb and a spokesperson confirmed that they had been requested by the Bartow County Drug Task Force for an investigation. 

    The GBI said it would release more information once agents gathered more details.

    The scene in Bartow County that began Thursday happened around 4:35 p.m. when deputies said they saw a 2010 Honda Civic on Hwy 411 near the Interstate 75 interchange with Walker inside. The 30-year-old was wanted out of Bartow County after a family violence incident happened on Wednesday at the Cartersville Walmart along Market Place Boulevard. Walker also has additional warrants for another family violence incident in Floyd County from earlier in the day.

    Officials said deputies began pursuing Walker, who crashed after they performed a PIT maneuver. Walker eventually hopped out and ran away. K-9 Athos was released to help track Walker down, the sheriff’s office said. Multiple shots were heard and K-9 Athos was found injured, authorities said. He was taken to an animal hospital and is expected to be OK. 

    There was a massive search in the area but the suspect was still on the run Friday morning. That’s when the sheriff’s office released the name and photo of the suspect they were looking for. 

    It’s been an active day for law enforcement in DeKalb County. The scene that’s near Leroy Scott Drive is about seven miles away from where authorities were searching for another suspect wanted in a separate case Friday afternoon. 

    The DeKalb sheriff and other law enforcement officers told residents in the Juliette Road area in Stone Mountain to stay indoors; they were looking for Demetrius Nicholas, a murder suspect wanted in connection with a killing that happened in June. A deputy was hurt at that scene; it is not clear if he was grazed by a bullet or hurt by shattered glass. 

    11Alive is working to learn more about both cases. 

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