By Patrick Yost
A Morgan County resident remains in a mental facility under evaluation after he allegedly fired a pistol four times while driving past Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley’s Old Mill Road residence.
According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was stopped by Sheriff Markley after the Wednesday, Dec. 26 incident. Howard said Sheriff Markley was standing next to his vehicle at noon in his driveway when a vehicle drove by his house and he heard the distinct sound of four gunshots.
Howard said Markley got in his official vehicle and followed the car without lights are emergency sirens until the vehicle came to a stop at a cemetery at the intersection of Davis Academy and Old Mill roads in Rutledge. Howard said Markley spoke with the man, described as a white male in his 40s, during a “brief investigative detention of the suspect.”
“Observations and communications with the individual led to the individual being transported for mental health evaluation,” Howard said.
“While Sheriff Markley and the deputies of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office do not tolerate violence against others, Sheriff Markley’s actions demonstrate the importance of Tactical Safety showing that it is possible for an officer to be tactically safe using best practices while also using [techniques] to more effectively communicate with others during stressful situations,” Howard said in an emailed statement.
A pistol was confiscated from the suspect’s vehicle. The man was not arrested nor charged with any crime.
The incident, Howard said, has been turned over the the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) since it involves an “officer involved shooting.”
“The GBI will make a determination if he is to be arrested and charged, Howard said.