2 arrests, 2 suspects sought in rash of gunfire

by Wes Mayer

Authorities with Newnan Police Department are investigating a pair of incidents involving a man pointing a gun at another and a man who allegedly shot at another – both occurring around the same time late Sunday.

In another incident, shots were fired at a house on Melson Street late Monday.

At 9:50 p.m. Sunday, Newnan Officer Steven White responded to the 100-block of East Broad Street in reference to a person with a firearm. According to White, when he arrived he met with the victim, who told White the incident began when he heard his dog barking, and he looked outside and saw a man kicking his dog.

The victim then told White that he went outside, asked the suspect what he was doing, and the suspect said he was just crossing through. When the victim asked him why he was so close to his home, the suspect ran toward Farmer Street. The victim chased after the suspect, but when they got to Farmer Street, the suspect turned around, pointed a revolver at the victim and told him to leave him alone, White said.

According to White, the victim then said he flagged down a vehicle on East Broad and the suspect began to run down Pinson Street. The victim described the suspect as wearing a grey shirt with white stripes, blue shorts and “dreads” in his hair, White said.

Also, at 9:50 p.m. Sunday, Officer Ed Dalton responded to Calhoun Street in reference to a victim reporting he was shot at. Dalton arrived and spoke to the victim, who said he was dropping off a weed trimmer at the 100-block of East Broad Street when a man wearing a dark shirt with white stripes and dark pants came up and began to argue with him.

When the victim said he didn’t want any trouble, the suspect pulled out a revolver and began to shoot at him. The victim was able to get into his truck and leave, Dalton said.

Police searched the area for the suspects in these two incidents but were unsuccessful. The investigation was turned over to Sgt. Chad Wood.

Around 8:11 p.m. on Monday, Officer Edward Lee responded to Melson Street in reference to shots being fired at a house. En route to the home, the caller advised the two suspects were in a silver car and one man was wearing glasses. According to Lee, Officer Scott Kilgore was later able to find and stop this vehicle.

Lee met with the victims, and found that nobody inside the home was injured in the shooting. According to Lee, a few of the victims saw and were able to describe the suspects. One victim told Lee the vehicle pulled into their driveway before the shots were fired, and another victim said he was walking in front of his home when the suspects pulled up and asked him about drugs. When the victim told them he didn’t do drugs and started to walk away, the suspects started shooting at the home.

Four 9mm shells were found in the middle of Melson Street, and two bullet holes were found on the lower part of the front door and next to the door on the brick wall. The victims recalled hearing about five to six shots. The investigation was turned over to Sgt. Vansant.

The two men in the vehicle, Demarcus Deshun Johnson, 20, and Kenneth Douchet Hudson, 20, were both charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and were transported to the Coweta County Jail. In the jail’s booking records, Johnson is listed with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, and Hudson is listed as party to the crime of three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

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