The suspect and another man also died, officials told news outlets. It was unclear whether the suspect shot himself or was killed by officers.
Officers went to the home outside Clarksville about 7:30 p.m. becauseof a call about a domestic dispute. They found a woman dead in the garage, Rusty Andrews of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/1a2mE4e).
Officers went into the house to check for other victims, and "it appears they were ambushed," Andrews said.Another man was found dead in the home, but the circumstances of his death were not yet clear, either.
Sheriff Joey Terrell and Deputy Bill Zigan were shot and hospitalized, Habersham County Manager Phil Sutton told WSB. Their injuries didn't appear serious, state police said.
The suspected shooter was 41-year-old Anthony Giaquinta, a former police officer in nearby Gainesville, officials told local news outlets.
Clarkesville is about 85 miles northeast of Atlanta.