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'Armed and dangerous' suspect still at-large in officer's shooting death

Police are still searching for one suspect after a Gwinnett officer was killed in the line of duty Saturday.

A manhunt is under way for 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard, who police say "should be considered armed and dangerous." Investigators say Maynard fired the shots that killed officer Antwan Toney.

We'll have Live Team 2 coverage on the hunt for the shooter, on Channel 2 Action News Sunday AM

[RELATED: 'A lot of heart:' Here's what we know about fallen officer Antwan Toney]

U.S. Marshals arrested the second suspect, 19-year-old Isaiah Pretlow, Saturday night and charged him with aggravated assault.  Police originally said they thought up to four suspects were involved, but confirmed Sunday morning that Pretlow and Maynard are the only suspects. 

Officer Toney is the fifth Gwinnett County police officer killed in the line of duty and the first since 1993. The 30-year-old officer was just days from celebrating his 3rd anniversary with the department on October 26. 

Channel 2 Action News started following the officer-involved shooting from the moment it broke around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Toney was shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near Shiloh Middle School in unincorporated Snellville.

Gwinnett County Sgt. Jake Smith said in a news conference that someone reported the vehicle and that the people inside may have been smoking marijuana. 

Toney and another officer approached the vehicle and that's when someone started shooting from inside the car.

"Before they could even get to the vehicle, shots rang out," Smith said

New Mugshot of man GWINNETT Police say helped shooter of Officer Antwan Toney get away from scene , then pointed his own gun at second officer during manhunt . Isaiah Pretlow booked into jail 30 minutes ago. Accused shooter Tafahree Maynard still at large . pic.twitter.com/EGXFPKCUdz — Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) October 21, 2018

'Armed and dangerous' suspect still at-large in officer's shooting death

Police are still searching for one suspect after a Gwinnett officer was killed in the line of duty Saturday.

A manhunt is under way for 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard, who police say "should be considered armed and dangerous." Investigators say Maynard fired the shots that killed officer Antwan Toney.

We'll have Live Team 2 coverage on the hunt for the shooter, on Channel 2 Action News Sunday AM

[RELATED: 'A lot of heart:' Here's what we know about fallen officer Antwan Toney]

U.S. Marshals arrested the second suspect, 19-year-old Isaiah Pretlow, Saturday night and charged him with aggravated assault.  Police originally said they thought up to four suspects were involved, but confirmed Sunday morning that Pretlow and Maynard are the only suspects. 

Officer Toney is the fifth Gwinnett County police officer killed in the line of duty and the first since 1993. The 30-year-old officer was just days from celebrating his 3rd anniversary with the department on October 26. 

Channel 2 Action News started following the officer-involved shooting from the moment it broke around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Toney was shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near Shiloh Middle School in unincorporated Snellville.

Gwinnett County Sgt. Jake Smith said in a news conference that someone reported the vehicle and that the people inside may have been smoking marijuana. 

Toney and another officer approached the vehicle and that's when someone started shooting from inside the car.

"Before they could even get to the vehicle, shots rang out," Smith said

New Mugshot of man GWINNETT Police say helped shooter of Officer Antwan Toney get away from scene , then pointed his own gun at second officer during manhunt . Isaiah Pretlow booked into jail 30 minutes ago. Accused shooter Tafahree Maynard still at large . pic.twitter.com/EGXFPKCUdz — Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) October 21, 2018

'A lot of heart:' Here's what we know about fallen officer Antwan Toney

A Gwinnett County officer killed in the line of duty Saturday has been identified as Officer Antwan Toney. 

He had just turned 30 years old and was just 6 days from celebrating his 3rd anniversary with Gwinnett County police. 

Channel 2's Tony Thomas was in Gwinnett County as Toney's colleagues and friends gathered at the fallen officers memorial just hours after his death. 

Reginald Pierre said Tony regularly played with his daughter and showed her how his police car worked. 

"He was practically like a brother," Pierre said. "He was always over at my house. All the time. He was a great person with a lot of heart."

Officer Toney joined the department as a recruit on October 26, 2015. He graduated from the Gwinnett Police Academy in April of 2016. 

Video Thomas obtained shows the moment his mother Antoinette pinned his badge on him. 

Three years later, Gwinnett Police Chief Butch Ayers got the phone call he never wanted to answer. 

"What a chief wants to hear is the officer is Ok," Ayers said in a news conference. "And when I asked that question, that wasn't the answer I got."

Ayers said Toney was loved and respected by the department

"The people that worked with him on a daily basis recalled a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community," Ayers said. 

That respect was on display just hours after Toney died Saturday when dozens of officers accompanied the hearse carrying his body as it left Gwinnett Medical Center.

"If you had the opportunity to meet him, you would immediately fall in love with him," a friend said at a vigil for him Saturday night.

Toney didn't just make an impression on his close friends and co-workers. 

A Channel 2 Action News viewer reached out to tell us that Officer Toney provided security for her daughter's sweet 16 birthday party two years ago.

"He had such a beautiful spirit and a wonder personality," Jiketha Gatewood wrote to us on Facebook.

The Gwinnett County Police Department released a new photo of Toney on Saturday night and said that this was Toney's first job as a police officer and his family is in California. 

This was the first police job for Officer Toney. Prior to working for our agency, he worked as a security guard. His immediate family lives in California. Officer Toney was assigned to the South Precinct. pic.twitter.com/JKV5oOLD7K — Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) October 21, 2018

'A lot of heart:' Here's what we know about fallen officer Antwan Toney

A Gwinnett County officer killed in the line of duty Saturday has been identified as Officer Antwan Toney. 

He had just turned 30 years old and was just 6 days from celebrating his 3rd anniversary with Gwinnett County police. 

Channel 2's Tony Thomas was in Gwinnett County as Toney's colleagues and friends gathered at the fallen officers memorial just hours after his death. 

Reginald Pierre said Tony regularly played with his daughter and showed her how his police car worked. 

"He was practically like a brother," Pierre said. "He was always over at my house. All the time. He was a great person with a lot of heart."

Officer Toney joined the department as a recruit on October 26, 2015. He graduated from the Gwinnett Police Academy in April of 2016. 

Video Thomas obtained shows the moment his mother Antoinette pinned his badge on him. 

Three years later, Gwinnett Police Chief Butch Ayers got the phone call he never wanted to answer. 

"What a chief wants to hear is the officer is Ok," Ayers said in a news conference. "And when I asked that question, that wasn't the answer I got."

Ayers said Toney was loved and respected by the department

"The people that worked with him on a daily basis recalled a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community," Ayers said. 

That respect was on display just hours after Toney died Saturday when dozens of officers accompanied the hearse carrying his body as it left Gwinnett Medical Center.

"If you had the opportunity to meet him, you would immediately fall in love with him," a friend said at a vigil for him Saturday night.

Toney didn't just make an impression on his close friends and co-workers. 

A Channel 2 Action News viewer reached out to tell us that Officer Toney provided security for her daughter's sweet 16 birthday party two years ago.

"He had such a beautiful spirit and a wonder personality," Jiketha Gatewood wrote to us on Facebook.

The Gwinnett County Police Department released a new photo of Toney on Saturday night and said that this was Toney's first job as a police officer and his family is in California. 

This was the first police job for Officer Toney. Prior to working for our agency, he worked as a security guard. His immediate family lives in California. Officer Toney was assigned to the South Precinct. pic.twitter.com/JKV5oOLD7K — Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) October 21, 2018

BUNDLE UP!: Metro Atlanta to see wind chills in the 30s Sunday morning!

Metro Atlanta through north Georgia will feel some of the coldest temperatures in six months Sunday morning.

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls says temperatures will fall into the low 30s in the northeast Georgia mountains. A freeze warning will be in effect starting at 12:00 a.m. Sunday for Fannin, Gilmer, Towns and Union Counties.

Temperatures in metro Atlanta will be in the upper 30s to low 40s, but wind chills will be in the 30s. 

In other words, bundle up! 

“I expect Sunday morning to be our coldest in Atlanta since April 17, about six months ago,” Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Monahan said.

Luckily, we can expect gloomy weather to clear by Sunday afternoon giving way to a breezy, chilly afternoon with highs in the low 60s. 

Pres. Trump: Kemp would be ‘great governor,' calls Abrams ‘totally unqualified'

With just weeks until Election Day, President Donald Trump is reminding voters of his endorsement of Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams are locked in a tight race for Georgia governor.

[READ: Abrams, Kemp, Metz agree to debate LIVE on Channel 2]

Trump tweeted Saturday that Kemp has his “strong endorsement.”

The president said:

“Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be a great governor. He has been successful at whatever he has done and has prepared for this very difficult and complex job for many years. He has my Strong Endorsement. His opponent is totally unqualified. Would destroy a great state!”

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be a great governor. He has been successful at whatever he has done, and has prepared for this very difficult and complex job for many years. He has my Strong Endorsement. His opponent is totally unqualified. Would destroy a great state!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2018 Get out and Early Vote for Brian Kemp. He will be a GREAT GOVERNOR for the State of Georgia!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2018

[READ: Long lines as early voting begins in contentious governor's race]

Trump first endorsed Kemp on July 20, ahead of his GOP runoff with Cagle Cagle.

 

Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia. The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018

Channel 2 Action News reported just last week about the latest polls showing Kemp and Abrams nearly tied.

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As of October 11, the two candidates remained locked in a tight race for governor, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News poll that showed an increasingly dwindling number of undecided voters.

[READ: Crowds swarm polls in record numbers for early voting in Georgia]

The poll showed Kemp ahead of Abrams 47.7 percent to 46.3 percent, a statistically insignificant difference within the poll’s 2.8 percentage point margin of error.

Libertarian Ted Metz had 2.3 percent of support, and a slim 4 percent of voters are undecided.

The Sept. 6 Channel 2/AJC poll showed the candidates deadlocked at 45 percent with 7 percent undecided.

Rain moving through metro Atlanta ahead of chilly temps

You may be waking up to showers Saturday morning.

A cold front is moving through north Georgia this morning with scattered showers with a few embedded areas of heavy rain. 

Meteorologist Brian Monahan first told you showers were moving into north Georgia on Channel 2 Action News Saturday AM.

Clouds swallowing up midtown #ATL right now as a cold front moves in -- I'm tracking showers across north Georgia... live now on Channel 2! @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/axmywZgQzm — Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 20, 2018

The front will push south of the area later Saturday afternoon, but clouds and diminishing showers will linger for much of the day. 

Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking the timing of rain and when it clears on Channel 2 Action News.

“I don’t expect sunshine to be breaking through for most of the area until late afternoon and toward sunset,” Monahan said.

Temperatures will average in the upper 60s to low 70s Saturday around metro Atlanta before falling into the evening hours.

Saturday night, temperatures will fall quickly as the sky clears out and a breezy northwest wind drives in drier air. 

[Download the FREE Severe Weather Team 2 app for alerts in your area]

Temperatures will fall into the low 30s in the northeast Georgia mountains – where there’s a freeze warning Saturday night, with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s around metro Atlanta. 

“I expect Sunday morning to be our coldest in Atlanta since April 17, about six months ago,” Monahan said.

Freeze watch just upgraded to a freeze warning for all of our northeast Georgia mountain counties. Temperatures near freezing likely overnight. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/LyycRZwSKI — Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 20, 2018

Monahan said to expect plenty of sunshine with diminishing wind Sunday afternoon. It will be chilly, with highs only in the low 60s.

WHAT CAN YOU GET ONLY ON CHANNEL 2 ACTION NEWS? 1. Updated hour-by-hour cloud and rain forecasting showing the showers ending later Saturday and the clearing trend. 2. Updated information on the freeze alerts in effect. 3. Updated hour-by-hour wind forecast showing how long it stays breezy into Sunday. 4. Updated jet stream and temperature forecast showing the coldest air of the season diving into north Georgia.

Report: South Florida candidate compares Parkland activists to Hitler

A South Florida City Council candidate used Facebook posts to compare two teen activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to Adolf Hitler, communists and actors, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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Ximena Hommel is running for a seat on the Plantation City Council. Although her social media posts have been deleted, Hommel has posted links and memes about David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, who gained national attention after a gunman shot and killed 17 people at the Parkland high school Feb. 14.

A Feb. 21 post included a link to a story about Hogg reading “it’s all theater,” and suggested he was rehearsing scripted lines. A March 25 post included side-by-side photos of Hogg with his right arm raised, next to a saluting Hitler.

On the same day, Hommel posted a photo showing Hogg and Gonzalez wearing Russian-style hats with the caption, “Give us your guns, comrades,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Hommel, a former police officer in Plantation, told the newspaper she had no regrets about the posts and will not apologize for reposting links and memes.

“I shared it and I made it public,” Hommel told the Sun-Sentinel. “I posted it from other pages because I don’t believe (Hogg and Gonzalez) represent the victims of the school. Go talk to the real victims.

“I don’t like they are portraying themselves as the victims ’cause they’re not.”

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