Man arrested for possession of cocaine after false report of shooting

by Wes Mayer

A Newnan man who called 911 Friday to report a shooting — that authorities determined did not happen — ended up being arrested for the possession of cocaine, according to police.

Around 11 p.m. Officer Doug Jones with the Newnan Police Department arrived at the caller’s address on Westgate Park Drive. According to Jones’ report, Eric Jerome Walker, 26, who lived in the basement, said he made the call because he shot someone in the head and the victim was lying in the back yard. Jones told Walker he entered the home from the back yard, but there was no evidence of a shooting, he reported.

As Walker was describing the situation to Jones, Jones noticed a white powdery substance around Walker’s nose, he said. Walker also told Jones where he stashed the gun he used to commit the shooting. According to the report, Jones searched for the gun with Walker but couldn’t find it. Walker was then placed in Jones’ patrol vehicle, and Jones received permission to search Walker’s room.

According to the report, Jones found a baggie containing suspected cocaine lying in plain view on the floor next to the bed. Jones found no evidence of a shooting at the residence, and Walker was charged for falsely reporting a crime and for the possession of cocaine.

For more on this story, look in Wednesday’s print and digital edition of The Newnan Times-Herald.



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