UPDATE: Varnell Police Chief Lyle Grant says one of his officers involved in an early morning police chase used his service weapon.

It started at the Circle K on Cleveland Highway, Varnell Police Department officers were responding to a theft call. When they arrived to the convenience store the suspects took off.

"They failed to stop, started driving at a high speed and veering towards oncoming traffic," said Varnell Police Chief Lyle Grant.

Suspects led police to a dead end in Cohutta. They then rammed into a Varnell Police Department patrol car,  and that's when the Varnell officer fired his weapon.

"The suspect then attempted to pull away again and hit the officer with his vehicle, the officer had no where to flee to except up against his vehicle and start trying to protect himself so he did fire," Cheif Grant said.

Grant could not specify how many shots were fired.

The suspects took off once again, leading Whitfield County deputies through Catoosa County and then back into Tunnel Hill where they crashed into a ditch, which coincidentally, happened right next to the Tunnel Hill Police Department. 

Whitfield County deputies took the suspects into custody.

The three suspects have been identified, but there names have not been released to the public. Grant says they could face theft, reckless driving, and aggravated assault charges.

 Grants says, and he requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation handle the investigation.

The officer was not injured in the incident but is on administrative leaves as per department policy.

PREVIOUS STORY: The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office has three suspects in custody following an early morning police chase. 

Officials say the chase started on Highway 71 and went through Catoosa County. The chase eventually ended near Tunnel Hill, GA.

There are no details yet on what charges the suspects will face, or if anyone was injured in the chase.