Police-involved shooting erupts after domestic call

by: Carl Willis Updated:

Investigators said a man exchanged gunfire with Clayton County police outside of Pars Cars, a car dealership on Mount Zion Boulevard in Morrow.

MORROW, Ga. - Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are looking into a shootout that happened in Clayton County Saturday night.

Investigators said a man exchanged gunfire with Clayton County police outside of Pars Cars, a car dealership on Mount Zion Boulevard in Morrow.

"He started shooting and running," said Naytasha Andrews. "At the same time, (police) started shooting back at him."

Andrews said she rushed to the scene after hearing about the shootout.

She told Channel 2's Carl Willis her sister works at the car dealership and was inside with customers when investigators said a man opened fire in the parking lot.

"I was ducking for my life," said Deborah Andrews.

She spoke to Willis over the phone from inside of the dealership as investigators continued to process the crime scene.

"He just came out of nowhere," she said. "He was shooting at the police officers."

Clayton County police said the incident happened just before 6 p.m., while the business was still open.

Investigators said the incident erupted when officers responded to a domestic disturbance.

Willis tracked down the family at the center of they dispute.

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A woman, who did not want to be identified, said her adult daughter was supposed to meet with her ex-husband so he could return their 8-year-old child to her.

She said the ex-husband made threats alarming enough to warrant a call to police.

"He was talking crazy and threatening my daughter, and the police were listening in," she said. "(He) told her he felt like killing somebody and she was the first one in line."

But police were there to stop that from happening.

Investigators said the man fought with police when they approached him.

"During their encounter with the male, gunfire was exchanged (and) the male was struck," said Sgt. Kevin Hughes.

Andrews said she's relieved her sister and others at neighboring businesses were not hurt.

"I'm just glad she was not outside," said Andrews. "She could have been in the parking lot at the time."

Hughes said several officers were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


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