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2 suspects in custody after DeKalb officer shot

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- A DeKalb County Police officer was treated and released from Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta Friday evening. He was airlifted there after he was struck by gunfire during a shootout with two suspects in Tucker Friday afternoon. 

The incident happened around 4 p.m. at a RaceTrac gas station on Lawrenceville Highway. According to DeKalb County Public Safety Director Dr. Cedric Alexander, detectives were conducting an investigation into an alleged gun-running operation. When they spotted a vehicle identified as part of the investigation, they called in for uniformed officers.

After the officers attempted to make a traffic stop, the suspect's vehicle took off and crashed into a gas station sign. After the suspects fled the vehicle, an exchange of gunfire ensued and Officer Marco Vizcarrando, 47, was shot in the shoulder. Vizcarrando, a 19-year veteran of the department, was wearing a bulletproof vest and was treated for injuries at Grady before being released Friday evening. 

One suspect was taken into custody at the scene; another was caught a short time later in a wooded area by a K-9 unit. Neither suspect was struck by gunfire.

The two suspects -- 21-year-old Rome Crowe and 24-year-old Isaiah McCray -- both face charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and felony obstruction.

At this point, police say an additional firearm was recovered from the vehicle, and their investigation into the incident is ongoing.