Officers, agencies honored by Rockmart for help during shootings
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.
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.