Road rage incident ends with gunfire

by Wes Mayer

A man was injured in an exchange of gunfire following a road rage fight Thursday night in eastern Coweta County.

The two men involved, Samuel Louis Penson and Casey Thurbert Stevens, have not yet been charged in the incident, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Penson is currently being treated for a gunshot wound to the hip in the hospital, and investigators are waiting until he is released before charging the two men with aggravated assault.

Around 7:45 p.m. Thursday Coweta deputies responded to the 100-block of Joe Cox Road in Sharpsburg in reference to a shooting, Yarbrough said. At the time of the call, Deputy Joe Evans was in the area and about to pull over a vehicle for speeding 72 mph in a 50 mph zone before responding to the call. This speeder actually turned out to be Stevens.

Authorities arrived to find Penson wounded and bleeding badly, Yarbrough said, and he was transported to Atlanta Medical Center. Stevens was identified and was later found at his address on the 100-block of Prescott Court in Newnan.

Investigators were able to determine the two men shot at each other following a road rage argument. According to Yarbrough, while driving along Poplar Road, one of the men, possibly Penson, began tailgating Stevens. Angered, Stevens and Penson both pulled off the road and had a verbal argument. Both men then got back in their vehicles, this time with Penson in front, and Stevens began tailing Penson. Stevens followed Penson all the way to his home on Joe Cox, Penson pulled into his driveway and Stevens parked in the street.

It is believed Penson fired first, Yarbrough said, possibly firing once into the air. Stevens then retrieved his gun from his car and both men began shooting at each other. Both vehicles took damage and Penson was struck once in the hip.

Both 9mm and .40 caliber shell casings were discovered on scene, and both men will be charged with aggravated assault with a firearm by Monday, Yarbrough said. Penson’s injury is not believed to be life threatening.

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