Suspect is arrested in officer shooting


Richmond County sheriff's deputies ended a two-state manhunt Thursday night with the arrest of a man sought in the shooting of a North Augusta Public Safety officer.


Timothy Houston, 40, of the 1900 block of Seaborn Drive in North Augusta, was arrested between 10 and 10:30 p.m. at America's Best Value Inn on Washington Road, a Richmond County sheriff's dispatch supervisor said.

Police say Mr. Houston shot into a North Augusta Public Safety car Wednesday night, wounding Officer Kevin Hayes.

Mr. Houston is charged with assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Officer Hayes was released Thursday morning from Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Aiken County sheriff's Capt. Troy Elwell said. It was uncertain whether his face wound was caused by the bullet or shattered glass, Capt. Elwell said. Either way, he said, the charge would be assault and battery with intent to kill.

The shooting took place after 7 p.m. Wednesday as Officer Hayes and another policeman attempted to make a traffic stop at Martintown and Old Edgefield roads, police said. The driver drove off, and when police pursued he fired into their vehicle, police said.

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