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UPDATE: Homeowner charged in Spring Road shooting

UPDATE (Aug. 18, 10 a.m.): Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) have arrested the homeowner in Wednesday’s altercation on Spring Road that ended in gunfire on drug and gun charges. The incident left one man hospitalized.

According to NCSO Spokesperson Cortney Morrison, Jerald Woomer has been arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug-related objects and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Morrison said the charges are due to items located during the execution of a search warrant at the 45 Spring Road address. She said the firearm charge is because anytime drugs are involved in a case and a firearm is used or located simultaneously the charge is applicable.


UPDATE (Aug. 17, 5 p.m.): The Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) has identified one of the people involved in a Wednesday morning altercation that ended in gunfire.

According to NCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cortney Morrison, Gerard Walter Montour will be taken into custody and charged with criminal trespass and battery when he is released from an Atlanta area hospital.

Morrison said it is still undetermined whether or not Montour was struck by any bullets fired by the homeowner.


COVINGTON, Ga. – Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) are on the scene of a late morning shooting on the west side of the county.

According to spokesperson Sgt. Cortney Morrison, at 11:20 a.m. today, authorities received a call about a person shot at 45 Spring Road, in Covington. Morrison said the two people involved are acquaintances who were also involved in a civil dispute last night.

Morrison said one of the parties involved in the dispute came to the Spring Road residence this morning and kicked in the door. She said an intense physical altercation ensued and the homeowner retrieved a weapon and fired shots.

Morrison advised that the perpetrator is in custody and transported to an Atlanta hospital. The homeowner was transported to a local hospital. According to Morrison, it is too early to know if anybody was hit by the gunfire due to injuries received in the altercation.

Morrison said investigators are en route to the hospital. She said once the perpetrator is released from the hospital, he will be transported to the Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Morrison said the incident is under investigation and charges are pending. Witnesses have been transported to NCSO for questioning.

Morrison said the situation is fluid at this time.