Police chase through 3 metro Atlanta counties ends in crash, gunfire

A shooting suspect was apprehended Thursday morning after a chase through three metro Atlanta counties ended in gunfire.

The chase started in Covington after officers were called to a “family fight,” according to police in that city. Officers responding to an apartment on Holmes Court around 1 a.m. heard three to four gunshots and a woman screaming. 

Shortly after, the suspect, identified as 38-year-old Henry Arnold, pulled out of a driveway in a white Ford Escape and sped away, setting off the pursuit, Covington police said in a report. A woman and a young child in the apartment were not injured in the gunfire. 

Arnold led officers 30 miles on I-20 through Newton, Rockdale and DeKalb counties, and it ended when his SUV hit at least three police vehicles, according to a Rockdale County sheriff’s office incident report. 

A Rockdale deputy performed a PIT maneuver just east of Glenwood Road, bringing the SUV to a stop, the report said. However, Arnold allegedly rammed the vehicles of two Rockdale deputies and one DeKalb police officer before stopping. 

At one point, a DeKalb officer fired a single shot at him in the area of Covington Highway and Hanes Drive, according to a DeKalb County police incident report. He was apprehended by DeKalb police. 

A white Ford is towed from the scene of a crash on Covington Highway in DeKalb County. Its driver led officers on a chase through three metro Atlanta counties early Thursday morning. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Although he was not hit, Arnold was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Out of Covington, he faces charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and fleeing and attempting to elude officers, among other possible charges. 

Out of DeKalb, he faces an aggravated assault charge, according to the incident report. The report also said this was a drug-related incident involving marijuana, but the report doesn’t expand on how it’s related. 

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office hadn’t filed charges as of Friday afternoon. 

The Georgia State Patrol was called in to investigate the collisions. 

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