UPDATE: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified both suspects in Wednesday's shooting on I-75 near Dalton.

Early reports are that Parrish Smaey, 56, of Jonesboro, GA, and 33-year-old Clinique Jackson were shoplifting in Bradley County.

During the shoplifting incident, store employees were threatened with a handgun, according to the GBI.

Hamilton County officials were alerted to be on the lookout for Smaey and Jackson.

When they were spotted, a chase with Hamilton County, Catoosa County, Georgia State Patrol and Whitfield County authorities in pursuit began.

Georgia State Troopers conducted a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle. Smaey, the driver, surrendered to police. But Jackson fled in the vehicle. 

That's when Whitfield County Sheriff’s deputies conducted another PIT maneuver to contain the vehicle with Jackson inside.

She exited the vehicle with two handguns and pointed at officers.

Officers from Hamilton County and the Tunnel Hill Police Department fired at Jackson and hit her.

A Whitfield County Sheriff’s deputy, who has trained as a medic, provided life-saving treatment to Jackson until she was airlifted to a local hospital, where she remains in critical condition as of Friday, according to the GBI.

Smaey was treated for minor injuries and released. He was booked into the Whitfield County jail on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted offender and possession of a stolen vehicle. Additional charges are expected for both Smaey and Jackson.

No officers were injured during the incident.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation, which will be turned over to the Whitfield County District Attorney’s Office for review when completed.

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PREVIOUS STORY: An armed robbery in Cleveland ended in an officer-involved shooting in Dalton, according to police.

A man and woman stole $600-$700 worth of merchandise from the Kohl's in Bradley County, Cleveland Police Department PIO Evie West explained.

West said the man pulled a weapon on the Kohl's loss prevention officer and threatened to shoot. The woman maced the officer twice when the officer approached their vehicle.

The two suspects then took off down I-75 southbound.

"Hamilton County officials placed a lookout on the subjects," a GBI spokesperson explained.

When Hamilton County officials saw the suspects, the chase began. It continued through Catoosa County and went into Whitfield County.

Georgia State Troopers stopped the car with a pit maneuver, and the male driver surrendered to police. and crossed into Georgia.

Law enforcement officers stopped the vehicle on the interstate and took the man into custody, Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood told Channel 3. During this time, the woman was able to get into the driver's seat and take off.

Whitfield County Sheriff's deputies performed a pit maneuver and stopped her about a half a mile down the road. She then got out of the car with two handguns. 

Multiple officers fired at her. She was hit and taken to an area hospital. Her condition is currently unknown.

The man was also taken to a hospital.

The GBI is investigating.

Traffic was stopped for several hours but is now moving again. GDOT said the vehicle also caught fire.


PREVIOUS STORY: I-75 southbound in Dalton beginning at Exit 336 is closed in connection to a police chase that reportedly started in Cleveland and traveled down I-75.

Georgia State Patrol and Whitfield County officers are on the scene.

It is not clear when the interstate will reopen. Drivers should look for alternate routes.

Stay with Channel 3 for the latest information.