Search still on for stabbing victim/shooter
by Wes Mayer
More details are being released by Newnan Police about a fight Wednesday involving a stabbing and a shooting that broke out in the Westgate neighborhood off Belt Road.
Around 3 p.m. Newnan officers responded to the area of Westgate Park Drive in reference to a gunshot being fired. According to Officer Scott Kilgore with the Newnan Police Department, witnesses told the responding officers that a man wearing a camouflage jacket, later identified as Curtis Cardell Rosser, 24, fired a single shot at another man wearing a white tank top, later identified as Heavenly Tywond Mitchell, 22.
Mitchell was not struck by the bullet, and both men fled the area, according to Kilgore. A single .380 caliber shell was found in the street.
While Kilgore was investigating the scene, Officer Edward Lee responded to the 100 block of Potomac Trail in reference to an assault, Kilgore said. The victim of this assault turned out to be Mitchell, who was taken into custody and transported to the police department for questioning.
The scene was turned over to Sgt. Beatrice Bugg, and after speaking with witnesses and Mitchell, authorities were able to piece together the incident.
According to the police report, witnesses told authorities Mitchell and Rosser began fighting in the kitchen of a home on Westgate Park Drive. The fight escalated, Mitchell pulled a knife and stabbed Rosser twice, the fight moved into the yard and the two men were separated. Some time later, Rosser returned with a gun and shot at Mitchell, who was running down the street. The shot missed, and Rosser ran in the direction of Belt Road.
Police have not found Rosser as of midday Thursday, and no charges have been issued. According to Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows, Mitchell will most likely be charged with aggravated assault, considering the stabbing occurred before the shooting and will not be considered an act of self-defense.