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Shots fired in thwarted robbery attempt

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Covington homeowner pulled his own gun and fired a couple of shots after an armed assailant attempted to rob him outside his home early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

According to a Newton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, law enforcement responded to the home on Rosemoore Drive just past midnight April 18 on a report of the robbery attempt. An NCSO spokesperson said the homeowner had just arrived home when he was approached by an unknown male suspect brandishing a handgun who demanded his property.

When the suspect raised his gun, the homeowner drew his own weapon and fired a shot. The would-be robber fled the scene and the homeowner observed a vehicle drive by at a high rate of speed. After hearing what he thought was a gunshot, the homeowner fired a shot at the vehicle.

The suspect was described as a dark-skinned black male, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150 to 170 pounds, with twists wearing a white T-shirt, dark pants and a jacket wrapped around his waist. He was armed with a small black handgun. No description of the vehicle is available. The case remains under investigation.