Man arrested after shooting Beretta inside Covington home

COVINGTON -- Covington Police were summoned to Morris Drive around 2 a.m. Sunday when neighbors complained someone was shooting a gun inside a residence.

Officers went to 10410 Morris Drive and "tactically approached" the house due to the reports of shots fired, according to a CPD incident report.

"We were able to distinguish more than one voice coming from within the residence ... As we continued to listen in an attempt to determine what was going on within the home, a male opened the door slightly, stuck his head out, saw me and quickly pulled his head back in as he ignored my instruction to stop," the report completed by one of the officers on the scene states. "The male, later identified as Marquis Dyer, slammed the door and locked it."

Next, officers began knocking on the door, asking those in the house to come to the door, but there was no response.

With the assistance of Newton County deputies, a perimeter was set up around the house and after repeated attempts to get the occupants to the door, "it was necessary to breach the door and gain entry," the report states.

"We were concerned for those in and around that house where the shots had been fired. This was a bizarre set of circumstances," said CPD Public Information Officer Ken Malcom. "He had the gun in his hand when they entered and dropped it. He was arrested after a tremendous struggle."

Dyer was injured and treated at Newton Medical Center prior to being transported to the Newton County Jail. A CPD officer also suffered hand injuries.

A 9mm Beretta handgun was seized as well as spent shell casings, a magazine and live rounds of ammunition.

A juvenile female was also at the residence and she was charged with obstruction of an officer in connection with the incident.

Dyer faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a gun within the city limits, two counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer and theft by receiving.