The child was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Wells said.
Nash has a history of arrests related to family violence dating back to 2020, jail and court records show. At least once, Montgomery attempted to take out a temporary protective order against him, but the case was dismissed without prejudice in March 2021.
Nash was arrested in East Point in August 2021 on two counts of aggravated assault related to family violence and single counts of false imprisonment and reckless conduct, as well as weapons charges related to those crimes and his status as a felon.
He was released March 13 in that case ahead of a September trial date, only to be arrested 10 days later in DeKalb County on charges of battery related to family violence and third-degree cruelty to children.
Montgomery’s family said Nash was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of Wednesday’s shooting.
The killing comes days after 1-year-old Jaquari Bennett and her mother, 38-year-old Keashawn Washington, were fatally shot by the child’s father, Darian Javaris Bennett, in Newton County, according to the GBI.
Jaquari was reported missing and in “extreme danger” Saturday. Police said Darian Bennett shot and killed Washington before kidnapping Jaquari, triggering an Amber Alert.
The search came to an end in Clayton County after Darian Bennett called police and threatened to kill himself. Emergency dispatchers were able to track the call to the area of Riverdale First United Methodist Church, about 40 miles from where the child was taken, Newton County officials said.
Responding officers located Bennett’s vehicle, and as they were checking on it, gunshots were heard coming from behind the building. Officers found the child shot to death in a secluded wooded area behind the church. Bennett also killed himself, police said.