Suspect attacks sheriff's deputies with machete
GAINESVILLE, GA (WXIA) - Our NBC news partners at WXIA are reporting that a Georgia man was shot and wounded by police after attacking several people, including four Hall County sheriff's deputies, with a machete.
The attack happened at around 7 a.m. Sunday at a house on Sailors Avenue in Gainesville.
Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Mitchell said the suspect, 27-year-old Justin Matthew Bennett, attacked three people with a machete. When police arrived on the scene and tried to talk to Bennett, the suspect began coming after them.
A sheriff's deputy was forced to shoot Bennett, according to Mitchell. The suspect was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound at Northeast Georgia Medical Center before being taken to the Hall County Jail.
Bennett faces four charges of aggravated assault against a peace officer and one count of obstruction. More charges are pending.
Mitchell said the deputy who shot Bennett was placed on routine administrative leave.