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 at www.newtonsheriff.ga.org