Authorities have released the name of the man accused of shooting two Newton County deputies Monday afternoon. According to authorities, 20-year-old Thomas Powell was found dead in his home on Parker Road following a four-hour stand off which began after he reportedly shot the deputies
According to NCSO Lt. Tyrone Oliver, the deputies, 50-year-old James Trent and 25-year-old Wesley Atha, were at the home because a call was made to 911 reporting a suicide threat at the residence. When they arrived shots were fired from inside the home, striking both men. The deputies were transported to Atlanta Medical Center where they are both in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. One deputy was shot in the arm and the back, the other in the jaw.
Check Wednesday's edition of The Covington News for more information on this story.