A police officer in Gwinnett County, Georgia, was fatally shot near Snellville on Saturday afternoon, according to the department. >> Read more trending news The officer, identified as Antwan Toney, died after he was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, the department announced. A “few dozen” officers and police dogs were searching the area for people involved, police spokesman Jake Smith said. DeKalb County police were helping. The shooting happened when officers approached a suspicious vehicle near Shiloh Middle School, according to Smith. Shots were fired from inside the vehicle, hitting Toney. Smith said he is not sure if officers returned gunfire. The shooting came after three separate officer-involved shootings in Georgia on Thursday that left two men dead. In one of the previous shootings, a state patrolman was shot at close range along I-75 south in Bartow County but survived because he was wearing a body armor vest. Two troopers returned fire and killed the original shooter, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The other shooting death occurred in Monroe when a man carrying a replica Thompson allegedly pointed it at an officer, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. In the third incident, a suspect shot at police in Richland but no one died. Officers in Georgia have shot 74 civilians so far this year, according to the GBI. Last year, there were 97 such shootings.