A pregnant woman lost her infant after she was shot Monday and thrown from a moving pickup truck driven by her former boyfriend, who law enforcement said also attempted a carjacking before being wounded and arrested by authorities in Ogelthorpe County.
Hayley Nicole Hill, 23, was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday. Her child was pronounced dead upon delivery at a local hospital.
Her former boyfriend, Ryan Arnold, 23, was wounded during a confrontation with Georgia state troopers and local sheriff’s deputies, the GBI said, an encounter that began as a domestic dispute and ended in a vehicle chase with gunfire exchanged.
During the chase, Arnold dumped his pickup truck in a wooded area east of Athens and later attempted to steal a logging truck from Paul Donald Davis, 58, of Danielsville.
Arnold forced the logging truck to ram several law enforcement vehicles set up as a roadblock, according to a Channel 2 Action News report. In an exchange of gunfire, Davis was shot five times, according to the truck driver’s son.
Brandon Davis said his father fought Arnold as the 18-wheeler loaded with timber headed toward the roadblock.
“My dad was able to get his foot out from under the other guy’s and tried holding the gas pedal up, but that’s when he got shot one of the times in the leg,” Brandon Davis said.
The son called his father a hero.
“I mean, even though, you know, the circumstances didn’t come out the best it could’ve been a lot worse.”
The authorities said there was no known connection between Davis and Arnold.
The incident began with a domestic disturbance at a residence in Oglethorpe County on Sunday. Deputies at the scene saw Arnold run away while firing a weapon in the air, the authorities said.
On Monday, law enforcement returned and found Arnold barricaded inside. He fled in his pickup truck with Hill and the chase ensued.
The GBI Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death of Hill’s infant.
Davis underwent surgery and was in stable condition. Arnold, who was also wounded, was also in the hospital in stable condition.
Arnold is charged with three counts of aggravated assault — a separate charge for each assault against Hill, Davis and a trooper, the GBI said Tuesday night. He also is charged with feticide and kidnapping with bodily injury.