Man uses machete during argument, arrested

by Wes Mayer

A man suspected of injuring another person with a machete during an argument was arrested by authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.

Around 4:20 p.m., deputies and emergency personnel arrived at the home on the 600-block of South Highway 29 and met with the victims, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. There, they learned the suspect, Larry Tyrone Johnson, 56, had been drinking all day and got into an argument with his wife. A 3-year-old child, Johnson’s 17-year-old son and a 24-year-old man, Douglas Whatley, were also in the home.

According to Johnson’s wife, she eventually attempted to make Johnson leave during the argument, but he pushed her away, Yarbrough said. After this, the 17-year-old son also tried to make Johnson leave. Instead, Johnson found the machete in the home and began swinging it at his son. Whatley then intervened to protect Johnson’s son, and Johnson ended up cutting both Whatley’s hands with the machete.

Whatley was cut on the thumb of one hand and the palm of the other.

After this, Johnson left the home and the authorities were called. Johnson was later found riding on a bicycle nearby, Yarbrough said, and he was taken into custody. Johnson was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon and two counts of child cruelty, and he was transported to the Coweta County Jail.

Whatley was transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital to treat his wounds, and he required stitches, according to Yarbrough.

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