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Bond denied for Greenville man accused of shooting 2 GA officers

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Evidence markers where Lavonia officers were shot outside a Zaxby's (FOX Carolina/ Dec. 13, 2016) Evidence markers where Lavonia officers were shot outside a Zaxby's (FOX Carolina/ Dec. 13, 2016)
Khari Gordon appears in bond court. (Dec. 13, 2016/FOX Carolina) Khari Gordon appears in bond court. (Dec. 13, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Captain Michael Schulman (left) and Officer Jeffery Martin (Courtesy: Lavonia PD) Captain Michael Schulman (left) and Officer Jeffery Martin (Courtesy: Lavonia PD)
Khari Anthony Gordon (Source: Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office) Khari Anthony Gordon (Source: Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office)
Multiple agencies on scene after 2 officers shot in Lavonia, per GBI. (December 12, 2016 FOX Carolina) Multiple agencies on scene after 2 officers shot in Lavonia, per GBI. (December 12, 2016 FOX Carolina)
LAVONIA, GA (FOX Carolina) -

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed a suspect was arrested after two police officers were shot in Franklin County Monday evening.

Chief Bruce Carlisle with the Lavonia Police Department said the incident started as a traffic stop near Jones Street around 8 p.m. He said the two officers noticed the vehicle which suspect and Greenville native 22-year-old Khari Anthony Gordon was driving had been reported stolen out of Greenville and went to arrest the suspect.

The suspect then shot both officers, according to the chief.

One of the victims is veteran officer Captain Michael Schulman, 50, who was shot in the arm pit area above his vest. The second officer, 22-year-old Jeffery Martin, was shot in the hand and will have to seek out a specialist to remove the bullet. Carlisle said Martin is an army veteran who has been employed by the department for less than a year. Schulman is married with two children. Martin is also married.

On Tuesday afternoon, Carlisle confirmed Martin had been released from the hospital but would be having surgery in Athens on Wednesday for his hand, where a bullet is still lodged.

Schulman is still in the ICU at Greenville Memorial and is on a ventilator due to having a punctured lung.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said Gordon took off on foot after shooting the two officers and a manhunt then ensued. A few hours later the GBI announced the suspect had been caught.

According to a GBI special agent, Gordon was charged with two counts of felony intent of murder, two counts of aggravated assault on an officer and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. More charges could be pending, investigators said.

Gordon appeared in bond court on Tuesday afternoon where he was shackled by his hands and feet. During the hearing Gordon said he did not understand the charge of aggravated assault on an officer and the judge read the entire warrant to him.

He was denied bond at Tuesday's hearing after the judge said the court found him to be a significant threat to the public. Gordon requested a preliminary hearing which is scheduled for Jan. 4.


The shots were fired near a Zaxby’s restaurant. The manager at Zaxby's said all employees are safe, but the restaurant was closed Monday night.

Police towed the stolen vehicle investigators said Gordon was driving from the parking lot of the Zaxby's restaurant just after 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The nearby Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn said they were also keeping their doors closed. St. Mary's Sacred Heart hospital on Clear Creek Parkway was on lockdown, but the lockdown was later lifted.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, GBI and other local law enforcement agencies as far as north of Atlanta assisted in the search and investigation.

Gordon was previously charged with attempted murder in connection with a Greenville County shooting in 2015.

PREVIOUSLY: 3 charged following shooting in Judson community

The Lavonia shootings are the sixth involving Georgia police officers within a week. Two officers died in Americus on Dec. 7 after being shot while responding to a domestic dispute. Two other officers were injured in a shooting in Byron during a drug raid early Monday morning.

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