Sheriff's deputy, 2 others wounded in shootout at motel in Banks County

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COMMERCE, Ga. — A sheriff’s deputy has been wounded in an early morning shootout Tuesday at a northeast Georgia motel, authorities said.

The deputy is recovering in a hospital, the Banks County Sheriff’s Office said. Sheriff’s officials say he’s expected to survive.

The suspect and a female who was with him were also taken to a hospital with injuries, but their conditions were not available.

Deputies had spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Super 8 motel in the Commerce area near Interstate 85, sheriff's officials said. Authorities say the suspect shot the female he was with and deputies responded with gunfire. The deputy was shot in the hand and vest.

The sheriff is requesting assistance in the investigation from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

No further details were immediately released on Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: Sheriff's deputy, 2 others wounded in shootout at Banks County motel