A domestic incident led to Saturday’s shooting of a Keysville, Ga., man by a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy, according to authorities.
Sheriff Gary Hutchins said a chase began after a call that a man had run over a woman’s leg in Stapleton Acres. A bulletin went out with a description of a tan four-door sedan driven by Marcus Rodriquez Brown, 32.
“It was some kind of domestic thing,” Hutchins said Monday. “He ran over the leg and then left the scene.”
Sgt. William Schmidt saw the vehicle as it passed through Wrens eastbound on Georgia Highway 88 and tried to pull it over, Hutchins said.
Two deputies tried to box Brown’s sedan in and force him to stop when a car driven by a woman approached.
“She saw blue lights and pulled over,” Chief Deputy Clark Hiebert said. “She sees him slam on his brakes and start sliding toward her so she tried to get out of his way and he ended up sliding into her anyway.”
With Brown’s vehicle stopped, Schmidt approached with his weapon drawn.
“Brown put it in gear and took off towards him ( Schmidt) and that’s when he shot him when he passed by,” Hutchins said
According to Hiebert, two .40-caliber bullets hit Brown, in the arm and shoulder. The chase continued towards the county line until another Jefferson County deputy forced Brown’s car into a ditch, where it overturned.
Hiebert said officers saw small plastic bags being thrown from the windows of Brown’s vehicle during the chase. The bags are being tested for drugs, he said.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials said Brown was taken to AU Medical Center and treated. He was released Sunday morning and is being held in Jefferson County jail.
Brown has been charged with felony obstruction, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, failure to maintain lane, no proof of insurance, driving while unlicensed, failure to signal lane change, reckless driving and littering highway.