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Former Elbert Co. deputy arrested for shooting fellow deputy when responding to incident

By Joe Johnson

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Monday arrested a former Elbert County deputy who shot and wounded another deputy in September during an incident involving an armed man who indicated he wanted to harm himself.

Jennifer Boggs, 36, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless conduct.

The charges stem from an officer-involved shooting investigation f an incident that occutted Spt. 30 in Bowman.

In a media releasde Tuesday, the GBI announce that its investigation revealed that Mac J. Cunningham, 33, of Hartwell, GA, had contacted Elbert County 911, threatening to harm himself.

Before the dispatcher could get any information or offer any assistance, Cunningham hung up the phone. The sheriff's office was able to track the call to a cemetery located off Rehobath Road in Bowman, according to the GBI. Deputies reportedly arrived on the scene and found Cunningham sitting inside a pickup truck with a handgun and indicated to the deputies he wanted to harm himself.

Deputies attempted to offer Cunningham help and to get him to surrender the gun, according to the GBI. At one point, Deputy Jonathan Alewine reportedly attempted to break the side window of the vehicle, at which point Jennifer Boggs fired her handgun multiple times. Deputy Alewine was shot in the hand by that gunfire. Cunningham did not fire a weapon.

The GBI indicated that their investigation has been referred to the Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution.

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