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Suspect attacks sheriff's deputies with machete

11:40 AM, Dec 10, 2013   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A Gainesville man was shot and wounded by police after attacking several people, including four Hall County sheriff's deputies, with a machete.

The attack happened at around 7 a.m. Sunday at a house on Sailors Avenue in Gainesville.

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Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Mitchell said the suspect, 27-year-old Justin Matthew Bennett, broke into the home and attacked three people with a machete. When police arrived on the scene and tried to talk to Bennett, the suspect began coming after them.

A sheriff's deputy was forced to shoot Bennett, according to Mitchell. The suspect was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound at Northeast Georgia Medical Center before being taken to the Hall County Jail.

Bennett faces four charges of aggravated assault against a peace officer and one count of obstruction. Tuesday, the sheriff's office added charges of burglary, aggravated assault and aggravated stalking.

Mitchell said the deputy who shot Bennett was placed on routine administrative leave.

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