Paint store manager arrested over drugs, attempted carjacking

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga.,None —

A paint store manager was arrested after, authorities said, he did drugs and fought a female employee.

Patrick Byrum, 33, faces a laundry list of charges including aggravated assault and attempted carjacking.  Police said he was covered in white paint when officers arrived at a Sherwin-Williams on Highway 5 in Woodstock to settle a squabble.  

Officers said the incident started just before 7 p.m. Monday when Byrum was smoking K-2 (synthetic marijuana) inside the store.  They said he and a female worker got into an argument about religion, and the argument got physical. 

Police said Byrum rushed to his car to get his gun and the woman followed him outside, where they continued to fight.  She was able to wrestle the gun away from him, run inside and call 911, police said.  While police were on their way, authorities said Byrum went to an intersection to get away.

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“[He was] trying to get into vehicles as the officers approached because he heard the sirens, and he is being charged this evening with attempted carjacking as well,” said Woodstock Police Officer Randy Milligan.

Police said Byrum ignored their commands and soon, they were in a struggle with him in the middle of the street.  The arresting officers had white paint on their uniforms from the struggle.

“It took three officers to subdue this gentleman after he was Tased multiple times,” Milligan said.

Byrum’s wife and supervisor showed up at the scene but neither of them commented on what happened.

One officer was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.  He hit his head during the struggle with Byrum.

Byrum is being held in the Cherokee County Jail.