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Man pepper sprayed after shooting gun
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A suspect received a heavy dose of pepper spray to the face Monday after attempting to flee from a Newton County Sheriff's deputy.

NCSO Deputy John Hood was responding to a call of shots fired on Morningside Drive when came in contact with Phillip Rogers, 47, on the sidewalk.

Rogers told Hood the man with the gun had run the other way, but a person inside the house yelled to the deputy that Rogers was the suspect.

Rogers then reportedly sprinted down the street and away from Hood, said NCSO Lt. Bill Watterson. The deputy chased on foot and reportedly found him attempting to enter a parked truck.

Hood, with his firearm drawn, reportedly told the suspect to get on the ground. Rogers allegedly bent down on the ground, but then stood back up and said, "It wasn't me. I ain't got no gun."

Watterson said Rogers then walked toward a house's front door and tried to enter. The deputy then descalated, putting his sidearm away and pulled out his pepper spray. Hood then warned Rogers again before spraying him in the face with the pepper spray.

Once Rogers had been taken into custody, Hood searched around the truck and located a .22 caliber revolver on the ground. A used crack pipe was reportedly also found in Rogers' pocket.

Watterson said there was no clear motive for the shots fired.

Rogers was transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with discharge of a firearm, reckless conduct, obstruction of an officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of cocaine.