Carroll County, GA – More details have emerged about the rolling rampage in Georgia early Monday morning that left three law enforcement officers from three different agencies shot and one of the suspects dead.
Georgia State Patrol (GSP) Captain Brandon Dawson told reporters at a press briefing that the incident began at about 3:30 a.m. at April 12 when a trooper caught a Nissan going 111 mph on Interstate 20 about 10 miles from the Alabama-Georgia state line.
Capt. Dawson said the trooper initiated a traffic stop on the Nissan and the driver stopped.
But when the GSP trooper approached the car, the Nissan fled the scene, according to the captain.
Capt. Dawson said the trooper pursued the suspect vehicle and attempted a PIT maneuver to stop it.
He said the PIT maneuver was successful but the driver regained control of the Nissan.
“His passenger used a rifle and shot at the trooper’s patrol car, actually striking it and disabling it, therefore he was out of the chase at that point,” Capt. Dawson told reporters.
He said the Carrollton Police Department picked up the chase at that point.
Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards said officers from his department spotted the Nissan in their jurisdiction and pursued it.
“At some point, a passenger leaned out the window and fired rounds into the officers’ vehicle, striking Sergeant Rob Holloway,” Chief Richards told reporters. “At that point the other officer stopped because he had lost control and struck a utility pole.”
He said Sgt. Holloway was airlifted to Atlanta for treatment.
Officials said the suspect vehicle continued to Villa Rica where officers from the Villa Rica Police Department picked up the chase.
Villa Rica Police Chief Michael Mansour said the mayhem continued in his jurisdiction.
“Suspects did fire rounds at our officers. Struck a patrol car. One of our officers – Chase Gordy – was struck twice by the suspect,” Chief Mansour explained to reporters.
He said Villa Rica Police Officer Chase Gordy was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
Carroll County Sheriff Terry Langley said that Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Jay Repetto shot in the arm during the incident.
Sheriff Langley told reporters that Deputy Repetto had been transported to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.
The sheriff said that one suspect was dead and another was taken into custody “after a negotiation” with law enforcement, the Associated Press reported.
#BreakingNews This is the scene of the heaviest police activity surrounding the officer involved shooting in Carroll County. Whitworth Road between Villa Rica and Carrollton. @cbs46 pic.twitter.com/PStGppZXgM
— Rebekka Schramm (@SchrammCBS46) April 12, 2021
Authorities identified the suspects in the shootings as brothers from Birmingham, Alabama, WVTM reported.
Sheriff Langley said 28-year-old Pier Shelton was fatally shot in the gun battle with police and his brother, 22-year-old Aaron Shelton, had been arrested.
The sheriff said Aaron Shelton was booked into the Carroll County jail on three counts of aggravated battery and five counts of aggravated assault, WVTM reported.
Authorities have said they do not yet know which brother shot the officers, or if both brother had been shooting.
This is the car investigators tell us was involved in the chase and shooting in Carroll County. https://t.co/Pc5TzsIAOa
— Joe Henke (@JoeHenke) April 12, 2021
Despite the three wounded officers, Sheriff Langley remained optimistic.
“We want to send our prayers out to all the families involved, to those officers that were shot and for their speedy recovery and that the doctors will do what they need to do to make sure they get the attention they need,” he said. “We’re thankful today that it could have been a lot worse, and we’re thankful and we pray for the speedy recovery of those officers.”