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MARIETTA — The surprise visits to the trooper injured during a suspect chase on I-75 keep coming.

Sunday morning, employees from the Marietta Police Department stopped by Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jacob Fields' hospital room to deliver balloons and a hand-made sign. The group posted a photo to their Facebook account writing, "We wish him well!"

Fields, was shot twice Wednesday after a traffic pursuit on I-75 south that caused one crash and snarled traffic for hours, long after the incident happened. 

 

According to authorities, Fields, a three-year veteran with GSP, tried to pull over a black Chevy Silverado for speeding near Chastain Road, but the truck refused to stop. Several GSP troopers in pursuit were able to surround the truck after it crashed into another car, but the truck's driver got out and started shooting at troopers. 

Troopers responded fire, hitting 26-year-old Israel Vladimir Rodriguez, who later died, multiple times. Fields was struck twice during the exchange: once in the lower leg and once in the abdomen.

Fields is still recovering at Kennestone Hospital, but doctors expect him to make a good recovery.

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