COVINGTON -- Two men are in custody following a shooting on Ga. Highway 36 and a high-speed chase during which the suspect vehicle crashed around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Covington Police Department.
Public Information Officer Capt. Ken Malcom said CPD officers caught up with the two suspects at the intersection of Washington Street and Turner Lake Road when the white BMW they were driving crashed into a power pole, very nearly hitting the Hayes Furniture Store building.
The CPD had received reports of shots fired around 10:30 a.m. at a residence at 5115 Monticello St., adjacent to the Nazarene Church.
"Officers arrived seconds later and saw a white BMW attempting to leave," Malcom said.
Inside the residence they discovered a a 28-year-old man who had been shot in the leg. EMS was called to the scene and he is being treated for his non-life-threatening injuries at an Atlanta area hospital where he is expected to undergo surgery.
Malcom said an officer attempted to stop the BMW with two males inside and the vehicle fled to Bypass Road, where it took a right and went into Porterdale, came back into Covington and attempted to take a left on Turner Lake Road off Washington Street and failed to negotiate the turn.
"At this time, the driver and passenger, both armed with handguns, exited their vehicle and ran towards the railroad tracks on Turner Lake Road," Malcom said. "Officers then began a foot pursuit. Covington officers were able to establish a perimeter and the two armed suspects were chased into the path of other Covington officers. Both individuals, still armed, then gave up to police."
During the chase, which reached speeds of up to 100 mph, two CPD units were forced off the road by the fleeing vehicle, but Malcom said no CPD personnel were injured during the incident.
The investigation has revealed that the white BMW was stolen from the Monticello Street victim and Malcom said it now appears the incident is a "drug-related home invasion." Recovered in the car were a number of weapons, including two loaded shotguns. A large quantity of suspected marijuana was located just outside the vehicle.
Arrested and charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery were Alton Andrew Jackson Jr., 21, of 415 Oliver St., Atlanta, and Terrence T. Sheppard, 21, of 3789 Colony Downs Drive, Decatur. More charges could be forthcoming in connection with the incident which is still under investigation.
"This was an outstanding job by Officer Jerry Lee Roberts responding to the scene quickly, observing the vehicle leaving the scene and then being able to maintain visual contact with the vehicle and drive in a safe manner during a chase which reached speeds of 100 mph," Malcom said, adding that the entire episode was handled as a great team effort by the entire patrol division, CPD detectives and support services. "We also appreciate the assistance of the Porterdale Police Department, the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia State Patrol. This was an excellent job of apprehending individuals in a peaceful way in light of the violent nature of what had just occurred. There were obvious concerns the individuals may have resisted police officers. It is fortunate the incident ended without anyone else getting hurt."