NCSO investigating Monday night shooting

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking into the shooting of a 25-year-old man at his home Monday night and have issued warrants for the arrest of an Oxford man.

Demarreo A. "Dutchy" Mitchell, 21, of Oxford is wanted in connection with the shooting, according to NCSO Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison.

NCSO deputies were called to 15 Whitehead Court about 9 p.m. with the report of a person shot. Whitehead Court is in the vicinity of Mote Road and Ga. Highway 162.

"Upon arrival, deputies observed the victim in the residence on the floor with what appeared to be a gunshot wound in the foot," Morrison said.

The victim was alone in the house, but apparently was able to call his mother after the incident and she notified authorities while en route to her son's home, Morrison said.

Newton County EMS transported the victim to an area hospital.

Investigators believe there was a disagreement between the victim and the suspect when the shooting occurred, Morrison said.

The investigation is ongoing.

In other crime news, a Covington driver who allegedly struck two vehicles at Flat Shoals Road and Salem Road early Saturday morning has been charged with hit-and-run, DUI and other traffic offenses.

Justin Alexander Pope, 23, of 70 Justin Court, was arrested by the Rockdale County Sheriff's office at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday after he crashed his black Crown Victoria on Kirkland Road in a one-car accident.

The RCSO deputy who responded to the hit-and-run was told by one witness that the driver of the Crown Victoria had rear-ended her Honda at Flat Shoals and Salem roads. A second witness said the Crown Victoria had struck his car as he waited to make a left turn onto Salem Road. The second witness said the Crown Vic sped away toward Newton County. Both witnesses said the offending vehicle had a flat tire and front-end damage.

The Crown Victoria was later reported wrecked on Kirkland Road in Newton County. A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy confirmed that the car was the same one involved in the hit-and-run in Rockdale County. He reported that the driver was intoxicated and uninjured, but the car was totaled.

According to the RCSO jail report, in addition to DUI and hit-and-run, Pope is charged with improper lane change, driving with a suspended license, no proof of insurance and following too closely.

Editor Alice Queen contributed to this story.