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Police Name Ex-Black Panther as Man Who Shot Two Sheriff's Deputies

Aired March 17, 2000 - 2:03 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Police in Atlanta now say one of the two deputy sheriffs shot yesterday has identified the former H. Rap Brown as the man who shot him. The ex-Black Panther remains at large.

CNN's Brian Cabell joins us now with the latest on the manhunt in Georgia -- Brian.

BRIAN CABELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good afternoon, Lou.

The latest update on the officers' condition we just got. One of them remains in extremely critical condition, we are told by the doctor, the other one in guarded condition. He's getting better. He's the one who is able to talk. But as you say, they now have a positive identification from a photo lineup that, in fact, the suspect is Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known as H. Rap Brown. They say he fled in a black Mercedes last night from this very intersection where we're standing and they're now conducting an all-out search for him.

Apparently, the deputies were trying to serve a warrant on him last night for failure to appear in court; also for receiving stolen property and impersonating an officer. The officers saw him in a black Mercedes and asked him at that point to get out of the car.

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CHIEF BEVERLY HARVARD, ATLANTA POLICE: The deputy then asked him to show his hands and the person responded by saying, OK, here they are. And at that point in time, the two sheriff's deputies were fired upon.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

CABELL: Al-Amin, of course, once known as H. Rap Brown, a militant from the '60s and '70s. He served five years in prison as well for armed robbery in a shoot-out in New York.

Surprisingly, authorities say the deputies last night did not know the man they were trying to arrest.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

HARVARD: They did not know this person -- the identity of this person. They were not aware of this person prior to serving the warrant.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A lot of times, we are flying absolutely blind. We have warrants for people for whom we don't have photographs.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

CABELL: Authorities say the -- Al-Amin, yesterday, was using an assault weapon, a .223, fired 20 rounds, they say. The deputies fired 11 rounds. And then they also say there's kind of a mystery gun at this point because there were four shells found from a .9 millimeter. They don't know who had that gun, whether there was another person involved. At this point, they believe there was only one suspect, Al- Amin, but they're opening up the possibility that perhaps there was another person.

But, again, he is at large in a black Mercedes at last seen, and they are looking for him at this point.

I'm Brian Cabell, CNN, live in Atlanta.

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