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Sheriff’s deputy shot in the face near Atlanta at traffic stop

Law enforcement officials investigating the scene on I-185 near Atlanta where a Harris County, Georgia, sheriff's deputy was shot on Saturday. Jose Zozaya/WTVM-TV

ATLANTA — A Georgia sheriff’s deputy was shot in the face during a traffic stop Saturday night on an interstate south of Atlanta.

WTVM-TV reports that Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley says the incident happened around 7:30 p.m.

Three people were in a blue, 1994 Chevrolet Caprice southbound on Interstate 85 about 80 miles south of downtown Atlanta when they were pulled over for unknown reasons by the deputy, according to Jolley.

The deputy suffered a single gunshot wound to the face, above the left eye, while walking up to the vehicle Jolley said.

The deputy’s condition wasn’t immediately known. He was rushed to a hospital.

Police are searching for the suspects, whose car was caught on the deputy’s dash cam video.