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Suspect arrested in DeKalb police officer shooting

7:13 AM, Aug 25, 2011   |    comments
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  • Michael Hughey
  • Officer Deron Fulton (Courtesy DeKalb Police)
  • DeKalb Police search for the gunman who shot a police officer Tuesday night.

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- The search is now over for a man accused of shooting a DeKalb County Police officer during a traffic stop earlier this week.

U.S. Marshals arrested 37-year-old Michael Hughey shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday. He was picked up at an America's Best Value Inn and Suites in Stockbridge and eventually booked into the DeKalb County jail.

According to his record, obtained by 11Alive's Julie Wolfe, Hughey has already been booked into the jail eight times, most recently this past February for cocaine possession and intent to sell. He's also had several weapons-related arrests and served time in Macon State Prison for aggravated assault during the 1990's.

Investigators said Hughey was a passenger in a car that was pulled over by DeKalb County Police Officer Deron Fulton on Bouldercrest Road near Constitution Road Tuesday night. As Officer Fulton was questioning the driver, police said Hughey jumped out of the car and ran away, firing gunshots when the officer followed. 

"They said the bullet came through the side and came out the back," his mother Katrina Fulton said. "Thank God he's OK. He's talking. He's in a lot of pain, but okay."

Officer Fulton is recooperating at home after being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital. 

DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said the 24-year-old has served the department for four years.

"The only thing I can say is that you will get yours," Fulton's mom said about the gunman. "You may not get it today or tomorrow, but you will get yours."

During the search for Hughey, police used a helicopter, K-9 units and reverse 911 to urge residents to stay inside and lock their doors.

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