Two suspects in custody after shooting, high speed chase in Covington

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 11 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 their white BMW crashed into a power pole, very nearly hitting the Hayes Furniture Store building.

The CPD had received reports of shots fired at a residence adjacent to the Nazarene Church on Ga. Highway 36.

"Officers arrived seconds later and saw a white BMW attempting to leave," Malcom said.

Inside the residence they discovered a man who had been shot in the leg. EMS was called to the scene and he received treatment for his injuries, although a report of his condition was not immediately available.

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 right on Turner Lake Road off Washington Street and failed to negotiate the turn. During the chase, two CPD units were forced off the road by the fleeing vehicle, but Malcom said no CPD personnel were injured during the incident.

When the vehicle crashed, the two suspects ran on foot from the scene down nearby railroad tracks.

"When they saw our officers, they gave up. They were still armed," Malcom said, adding the two were taken into custody and the motive for the shooting and other details are still under investigation.

Malcom said a number of weapons, including handguns and a shotgun were recovered, as was a large quantity of suspected marijuana.

More details will follow.