Daniel Olsen
Photo: Coweta County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Coweta County Sheriff's Office

Man accused of shooting car with AR-15 after collision, charged with assault

A Newnan man is in jail after authorities said he shot a car with an AR-15 after a crash and fought a deputy who tried to arrest him.

Daniel Olsen, 33, is charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property after Coweta County deputies accused him of hitting another car, leaving the scene of the crash, then shooting at the other car when the driver followed him. 

Olsen was driving his truck Friday on Tope Road when he collided with the bumper of another car, Coweta officials confirmed. Both cars pulled off the road, authorities said, and several minutes later Olsen drove off. 

The other driver got Olsen’s tag number and followed him, Coweta sheriff’s office spokesman Bobby Crowdis said. However, Olsen parked his truck on Ga. 54 outside of Luthersville and blocked both lanes of traffic, stopping the driver. 

That’s when Olsen got out and fired 20 shots toward the other driver, Crowdis said. 

Crowdis said one bullet hit the frame of another car, which was parked behind the car of the driver involved in the collision, but it didn’t make it into the passenger cabin. 

The other driver turned around and immediately left, while Olsen continued driving toward Luthersville, officials said. 

Olsen then got behind a Meriwether County deputy’s patrol car and started flashing his lights for unknown reasons. When both cars pulled over, Crowdis said the deputy realized Olsen matched the description of a notice placed shortly after the shooting. 

The deputy tried to arrest Olsen, and a physical altercation ensued, Crowdis said. 

The deputy eventually managed to take Olsen into custody, Crowdis said.  While searching his truck, deputies found an AR-15 believed to have been used in the shooting, along with several other weapons. 

Olsen was taken to the Coweta County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

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