Newton County, GA – A gun-toting citizen, Marcus Pitts, was arrested after he used his gun to intervene in a police chase on Saturday.
The incident started Saturday morning when officers attempted to pull over a reckless driver on Highway 36. The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed before finally crashing at a shopping center on Highway 278, according to WSB-TV.
“The officers never caught up with the SUV. Got so far ahead of him. Got to the intersection of Pace Street and Highway 278 and crashed into another vehicle,” Covington Captain Craig Treadwell said.
The suspect, Terence Lenox, bailed from the vehicle and fled on foot across the parking lot. With officers nowhere in sight, it appeared that the suspect was going to get away.
That’s when armed citizen, Marcus Pitts, decided to take matters into his own hands. Pitts used his truck to chase down Lenox. When he caught up to the fleeing suspect, Pitts pulled his gun and shot the man in the neck.
Law enforcement arrived and Terence Lenox was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
Investigators were unable to determine any reasonable justification for Pitts shooting Lenox. Officers took Marcus Pitts into custody and booked him into the Newton County Jail on charges of aggravated assault.
Citizens are allowed to use lethal force in defense of their life, but shooting somebody who is not posing an immediate threat to someone’s life is only going to land you in jail.
“Unless you’re in the situation where a suspect is causing you to be in fear of your life or serious bodily injury, or a death, you cannot use deadly force,” Captain Treadwell said.
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