One officer was killed and a second officer was badly wounded and was being treated at a local hospital, Athens-Clarke police Capt. Clarence Holeman told The Associated Press.
The officers were trying to stop a suspect in a carjacking, Holeman said.
Details about the officers involved were not immediately
Athens-Clarke police swarmed an area off Atlanta Highway in a massive search for the shooting suspect after the gunfire was reported around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.
Police on Tuesday afternoon were searching house-by-house for a suspect, whom they describe as a 33-year-old man. Authorities said they were also looking for a silver Geo Prizm with Georgia plates.
Five schools and a pre-kindergarten program in the area were locked down Tuesday afternoon as a precaution while police searched for the suspect, whom they described as armed and dangerous.