Of­fi­cers, agen­cies hon­ored by Rock­mart for help dur­ing shoot­ings

The Standard Journal - - POLICE & FIRE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

Rock­mart Mayor Steve Miller opened the Fe­bru­ary ses­sion of the City Coun­cil with a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion and noted the packed house of of­fi­cers in their uni­forms out for the oc­ca­sion.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate that it takes tragedy some­times in our com­mu­nity,” Mayor Steve Miller said. “We had an incident on Jan­uary 24 that took the lives of four of our cit­i­zens and wounded an­other. But due to the team­work and co­op­er­a­tion of all the area law en­force­ment agen­cies, es­pe­cially our Rock­mart City depart­ment and our sis­ter de­part­ments not only from this county but from the area who were able to join us, we have been able to have an ar­rest in a short pe­riod of time of the prime sus­pect.”

For­mer Rock­mart Police Chief Keith Sor­rells joined in giv­ing out the com­men­da­tions, and of­fered up his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their ef­forts in se­cur­ing two dif­fer­ent crime scenes fol­low­ing the tragic events that took place al­most a month ago.

“They were given the call, and they went to the first call they re­ceived and found two peo­ple that were down there, and an­other per­son that was up at that lo­ca­tion,” Sor­rells said dur­ing last Tues­day’s pre­sen­ta­tions. “Then im­me­di­ately af­ter they re­ceived an­other call for an­other shots fired over about three blocks away. As you know we’re a small city. Our guys re­sponded, and Polk County PD re­sponded with our shifts, and started to se­cure the scene and take care of folks that were in­jured… It was very dif­fi­cult at that time.”

“Ul­ti­mately it would never have hap­pened with­out all the agen­cies here tonight,” Sor­rells added. “It’s a broth­er­hood in law en­force­ment, and I’m very thank­ful for every­one who showed up to help us.”

The city hon­ored a roll call of of­fi­cers within the Rock­mart Police Depart­ment, and added to that their thanks to the Polk County Police, Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Cedar­town Police, the Aragon Police, the Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol, the Floyd County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Police Depart­ment, the Rome Police Depart­ment, the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions who sent agents from three dif­fer­ent re­gional of­fices to help, and many other of­fi­cials.

“Thank­fully there was an ar­rest made, and we’re go­ing to be mov­ing for­ward with that pros­e­cu­tion,” Sor­rells said. He added that District At­tor­ney Jack Brown­ing had a tough job ahead.

Brown­ing’s pros­e­cu­tion of Day­lon Delon Gam­ble who was re­turned to Polk County af­ter be­ing ap­pre­hended in In­di­ana in the days fol­low­ing the mul­ti­ple homi­cides in Rock­mart is now un­der­way with his in­car­cer­a­tion lo­cally.

Gam­ble is ac­cused in the shooting deaths of He­len Rose Mitchell, 48, and Jae­qunn Davis, 19, at a Wil­liamson Street home, as well as Arkeyla Perry, 24, and Dadrian Cum­mings, 26, at a Rome Street home. The two lo­ca­tions were within three blocks of one an­other.

He fled af­ter the shoot­ings and law en­force­ment agen­cies went on a na­tion­wide man­hunt. They’d orig­i­nally found a black Ford pickup truck which police say he had stolen shortly af­ter the incident in Bar­tow County. He was found by the In­di­anapo­lis Metropoli­tan Police Depart­ment and the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice’s Great Lakes Re­gional Fugi­tive Task Force and ar­rested on Jan. 27.

The fifth vic­tim, Peer­less Brown, was hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter he was shot in the neck and rushed to treat­ment at At­lanta Med­i­cal Cen­ter via air­lift. He was later re­leased from the hospi­tal.

/ Kevin Myrick

Of­fi­cers with the Rock­mart Police Depart­ment were among those hon­ored dur­ing the Fe­bru­ary City Coun­cil meet­ing for their re­sponse to the Jan. 24 mul­ti­ple shoot­ings.

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