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Decatur man arrested after reportedly firing shots, leading chase early Valentine’s Day

DeKALB, COUNTY, Ga. - Authorities arrested a Decatur man early Thursday after he allegedly fired shots at a Covington home and then led police on a three-county chase.

According to a Covington Police Department incident report, officers were dispatched to 7111 Holmes Court at approximately 1 a.m. Feb. 14 on a report of a family fight. Officer Robert Yarbrough wrote in his report that he heard gunshots as turned onto the street.

“As I turned off Turner Lake Road onto Holmes Court I heard what sounded like three or four gunshots,” he reported. “I stopped my patrol car to assess what direction the shots came from. My driver’s side window was down and I could hear screams coming from further up the road toward the 7111 Holmes Court address.”

According to the report, Yarbrough saw a white vehicle backing out of the driveway and start toward him without headlights at a high rate of speed.

“As the vehicle approached, I had exited my vehicle and drew my service weapon while putting my car between myself and the suspect’s vehicle, I gave verbal commands to stop,” he wrote,” The suspect drove the vehicle around my car and Officer (Contrareus) Robinson’s car and turned left onto Turner lake Road. Officer Robinson gave chase.”

Yarbrough and other officers went toward the 7111 Holmes Court address reportedly treating it like an active shooter location because of the gunfire and screaming coming from the location. According to the report, when they got to the front yard, they observed a female with a small child. Police were given permission to search the apartment and clear it. Investigators reportedly found where bullets struck concrete and a brick wall at the location.

Authorities from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office and DeKalb County police joined CPD chasing Henry Dontavious Arnold westbound on Interstate 20 into DeKalb County.

According to a NCSO incident report, Arnold’s white Ford Edge was stopped in DeKalb County after a Rockdale deputy used a pit maneuver. He was arrested by DCPD and taken to the DeKalb County Jail charged with aggravated assault.