Three women es­cape in­jury in shootout

Man charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

A Decatur man was ar­rested and charged in con­nec­tion with a shoot­ing Sun­day night that dam­aged a nearby ve­hi­cle with three pas­sen­gers inside, though no one was in­jured, ac­cord­ing to the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Jab­bar Brac­k­een Davis, 23, was ar­rested af­ter be­ing pur­sued by Cov­ing­ton po­lice of­fi­cers.

He was charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault, pos­ses­sion of a firearm while try­ing to com­mit crimes, pos­ses­sion of arms by a con­victed felon, flee­ing or at­tempt­ing to elude a po­lice of­fi­cer, ob­struc­tion of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers, stop sign vi­o­la­tions and fail­ure to main­tain lanes.

The shoot­ing was re­ported shortly be­fore 9 p.m. on Puck­ett Street near the border be­tween the city of Cov­ing­ton and New­ton County, ac­cord­ing to NCSO spokesper­son In­ves­ti­ga­tor Sharon Ste­wart.

Wit­nesses de­scribed two black men ex­chang­ing shots at each other, said Ste­wart. Three women in a nearby ve­hi­cle re­port­edly hit the floor­board as the shoot­ing started, nar­rowly es­cap­ing in­jury when a bul­let went through the front wind­shield and ex­ited out the back.

Cov­ing­ton po­lice of­fi­cer Mitch Ni­chol­son spot­ted a dark blue Chevro­let with a plate match­ing the de­scrip­tion of one of the shoot­ers’ cars turn­ing onto Jef­fer­son Av­enue, ac­cord­ing to a the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment pub­lic in­for­ma­tion log.

As Ni­chol­son ac­ti­vated his lights, the Chevro­let ac­cel­er­ated, run­ning through two stop signs, with Ni­chol­son in pur­suit. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port there were no other ve­hi­cles or pedes­tri­ans in the road.

The car slammed on its brakes on Pineview Drive and the driver, Davis, fled on foot, run­ning into the bushes be­hind a res­i­dence and fall­ing into thick bri­ars.

Ni­chol­son struck the sus­pect with a Taser in his right arm and up­per back and a third time be­fore Davis brought out both his hands and was taken into cus­tody, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. Davis was re­port­edly so en­tan­gled in the bri­ars Ni­chol­son had to cut him free with a pock­etknife.

On a drive­way by the car that Davis was driv­ing, Ni­chol­son found a .45 cal­iber Smith and Wes­son hand­gun. An­other CPD of­fi­cer found two con­doms, a lighter, and .45 cal­iber round in Davis’s pocket.

Emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel checked Davis for in­juries and cleared him. Davis was booked into the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

The case is cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said Ste­wart, but there was no in­di­ca­tion of al­co­hol or drug in­tox­i­ca­tion be­ing in­volved.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400. Anony­mous tips can be left at (678) 625-5007 or on­line at­ton­sh­er­iff.

Cony­ers restau­rant ex­pands to Cov­ing­ton


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