Man wanted on murder charge after shooting leads to fatal crash in DeKalb

Van Johnson

Credit: DeKalb County Police Department

Credit: DeKalb County Police Department

Van Johnson

Van Johnson saw a man driving his car, so he shot at the vehicle, DeKalb County police said.

The car then struck a tree, killing the driver instantly.

Now, Johnson is wanted on murder and aggravated assault charges in the Monday night shooting that caused the fatal wreck in the 5000 block of Covington Highway, DeKalb County police Maj. Jerry Lewis said in a news release.

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Lewis said he doesn’t know if Johnson, 46, and the victim knew each other and confirmed the car had not been reported stolen.

Police describe Johnson as 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds.

Lewis said Johnson may have been injured in the incident and may be seeking medical attention.

Anyone with information is asked to call DeKalb County police at 770-724-7850.

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Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill arrests ex-deputy who wants to unseat him Former deputy Robert Hawes was booked into Clayton County jail Monday night on charges of making false official certificates and violating his oath as a public officer. Bond for Hawes, who had announced plans to run for Clayton County Sheriff's Office in early August, was set at $26,000 Tuesday morning. Warrants for his arrest came a week after Hill had Hawes' wife, Gerrian Hawes, arrested and jailed for sending harassing emails