Thomas Mitchell Brooks
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Cobb County man fired rifle after car backed into his driveway, police say

A Cobb County man was arrested late Friday night after police said he pointed a rifle and threatened to shoot two people who backed into his driveway.

Thomas Mitchell Brooks, 41, is also accused of firing off a round into the air as the car left his driveway down Owens Point Trail, which is located off Jim Owens Road outside Kennesaw.

According to an arrest warrant obtained by AJC.com, Brooks came out of his home armed with the rifle around 11:30 p.m. and confronted two people in the car. Some kind of verbal altercation ensued, police said.

The victims pulled out of the driveway after Brooks allegedly pointed the gun at them and told them he would shoot. They were leaving Owens Point Trail and heading toward Damon Way when police said Brooks raised the rifle and shot once into the air.

Cobb police officers who responded to the home found a rifle with a spent .22 caliber shell inside during a “protective sweep,” police said in the warrant. An unspent round was found near the curb outside Brooks’ house. 

Brooks was arrested on felony charges of aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts as well as misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct, discharging a weapon near a street and pointing a gun at another person. He was also charged with discharging a weapon while under the influence because police said he smelled of alcohol. 

Brooks is being held in the Cobb County Jail without bond.

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