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Police search for car involved in officer shooting

CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS -- Police are searching for the killer of a south Fulton County police officer who was gunned down while driving his car.

Police departments statewide have joined the effort and the Covington Police Department issued a press release stating that a reward of up to $30,000 is being offered for information related to a 1982 two-toned Chrysler LeBaron believed to be connected with the slaying. The vehicle is described as being dark brown over tan or light brown with black wheels and no hubcaps. Witnesses said the car either had no shocks or bad shocks as it rode lower to the ground than most vehicles and may have been lowered.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or any other aspect of the shooting is asked to call 1-800-597-8477. Anyone making the call can remain anonymous.

Col. Jeff Holmes of the Fulton County Sheriff's Department said Lieutenant Mike Vogt of the Chattahoochee Hills department was taken to a hospital after the shooting Monday afternoon and was pronounced dead.

Holmes said Vogt was driving down a dirt road when someone shot him. Vogt was able to call for help, and fellow officers administered first aid.

Holmes said police are looking for two or three men in a late 1980s brown Chrysler. He said police suspect a blue pickup truck with a ladder in the back may have been involved as well.

Chattahoochee Hills was created by referendum in 2007 and became Fulton County's 14th municipality.

Newton Citizen News Editor Barbara Knowles contributed to this story.