COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton County Sheriff's Office is seeking information that could lead to the arrest of an unknown suspect(s) that shot an unmarked police vehicle and entered into several others.
According to a news release Sunday, around 4:30 a.m. Nov. 26, NCSO was dispatched to the Country Walk Subdivision off of Highway 278 in reference to entering autos. While on the way, deputies were reportedly informed that shots had been fired.
"Deputies responded quickly and when they arrived they discovered that several vehicles were entered into," according to the release. "The vehicles appeared to be unlocked and valuables were left inside the vehicles unsecured."
NCSO reported that the suspect(s) found a handgun, which was used to shoot at an unmarked police vehicle at a home belonging to a law enforcement officer who lives at the location.
"Two vehicles were stolen from within the subdivision and the perpetrator(s) fled the scene in unknown (sic.) direction," according to the report. "The method of flight is unknown at this time."
NCSO reportedly believes this incident is random.
"The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has every reason to believe this incident is a random act as there has been a series of entering auto calls throughout the county," according to the release. "The Sheriff’s Office has made recent arrests in regards to previous (sic.) reported incidents."
NCSO's major felony unit is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the anonymous tip line at 678-625-5007 or newtonsheriffga.org. All tips can remain anonymous.
The Covington News will update this story as more information becomes available.