Lo­cal man shot af­ter point­ing gun at of­fi­cer

The Covington News - - Front page - MICHELLE KIM news@cov­news.com

A 20-year-old Cov­ing­ton man was shot in the leg Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter he tried to run from and pointed an AK-47 ri­fle at a Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol trooper who was try­ing to pull the man over.

Charges are still pend­ing against the sus­pect, Cardal Dwayne Hay- wood, who didn’t have any out­stand­ing war­rants but is a con­victed felon and can­not legally pos­sess any type of firearm, ac­cord­ing to John Bankhead, a spokesper­son with the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Hay­wood was pulled over around 11:20 a.m. when a trooper head­ing

north on Salem Road near In­gles no­ticed a sil­ver Mit­subishi Galant fol­low­ing too closely to the car ahead of it.

Ac­cord­ing to GSP spokesper­son Gordy Wright, the trooper at­tempted to make a traf­fic stop, but the sus­pect pulled into the Quik­Trip park­ing lot and then con­tin­ued to drive be­hind it and an­other row of busi­nesses.

The trooper, who is nor­mally based out of an At­lanta mo­tor­cy­cle unit but hap­pened to be in the area, pulled his pa­trol car par­al­lel with the Galant and forced it to stop, block­ing the driver’s side door from open­ing.

The sus­pect ex­ited the car on the pas­sen­ger side, be­gan flee­ing on foot and re­port­edly pointed a gun at the trooper, ac­cord­ing to Wright. The gun was orig­i­nally de­scribed as a hand­gun, but was later iden­ti­fied as an as­sault ri­fle.

The trooper shot and hit Hay­wood once in the thigh. The sus­pect, who wit­nesses de­scribed as be­ing able to stand, was taken into cus­tody.

Nearby busi­ness owner Glo­ria Dyer said she heard mul­ti­ple shots and ran out­side to see what was hap­pen­ing. She said she heard a man say he was shot.

“It was scary,” she said. “Noth­ing like that ever hap­pened around here.”

The in­jury was re­port­edly non-life threat­en­ing, but a med­i­cal he­li­copter flight was called and Hay­wood was taken to Grady Memo­rial Hospi­tal.

Wright said the trooper, who will be iso­lated and in­ter­viewed by the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion as part of stan­dard pro­to­col, has been on the force for about six years and on the road as a pa­trol trooper for two years.

The shoot­ing oc­curred only a cou­ple hun­dred yards away from the KidsR-Kids day­care cen­ter on Salem Road.

Re­porter Am­ber Pittman con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Michelle Kim /The Cov­ing­ton News

The sus­pect’s car and the trooper’s pa­trol car in the alley be­hind Quik­Trip on Salem Road.

Michelle Kim /The Cov­ing­ton News

On­look­ers flocked to the Quik­Trip Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter a Cov­ing­ton man was shot af­ter he al­legedly pointed a gun at a trooper.

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