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Investigators look into reports of shots fired at home

COVINGTON — Investigators are looking into reports that a home on Capeton Court was shot in retaliation for a fight earlier that day in the neighborhood.

The homeowner contacted the Newton County Sheriff’s Office around 9:30 p.m. Saturday to report that he found bullet holes in parts of his residence, said Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

When deputies arrived, they did find shell casings on the ground and several bullet holes in the home and in a vehicle parked in the driveway.

Jefferson said the homeowner was not there when the shots were allegedly fired, but some friends who were at the house had gathered and were socializing in the garage.

One of the people there said he believed the shooting stemmed from a fight between two people earlier in the day in the subdivision.

“They said they believed the suspect was upset about that incident and came back to retaliate,” Jefferson said.

She said a suspect has been identified, but no arrests have been made yet. The case has been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division.

In other news, a 20-year-old man allegedly high on drugs was arrested after he began throwing furniture outside the house.

Officers with the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Puckett Street around 2 p.m. Saturday where they spoke with the man’s mother.

“(She) stated her son, Jessie Henderson, ‘took a bad hit of Molly’ and starting throwing furniture from inside the house onto the lawn,” the incident report states.

Officers reported seeing a table, chairs and a mattress on the lawn. Henderson’s mother said Jessie Henderson had run out of the back of the house, but would not allow officers to search the house for him. Sgt. Chris Cain stated it was apparent no one had run out of the back of the home because there were no footprints in the dirt area. She then reportedly changed her story to say he ran out another way.

At that time, Henderson’s father, Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson, arrived and told officers he did not want any charges filed or a report written.

A Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who also arrived at the home, told them they could have their son taken for a mental health evaluation, the report states.

“As we were leaving, (Henderson’s mother) said she would call us back ‘if Jessie were to return home so that we could take him to the hospital,” the report said.

A short time later, officers were informed that Henderson had returned home. The NCSO deputy who had also been on the scene contacted the officers to tell them that Sheriff Ezell Brown asked him to arrest Henderson. He was charged with disorderly conduct, underage consumption of alcohol and probation violation.