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Attempted murder charge added for man accused of shooting at police
Daniel Andrew Smith
Daniel Andrew Smith

Update, July 6: A man who allegedly shot at a Gainesville Police officer Thursday at the HomeTowne Studios on Jesse Jewell Parkway has new charges, according to authorities. 

The suspect, Daniel Andrew Smith, 37, of Gainesville was apprehended by law enforcement roughly five minutes after the incident. 

Smith was previously charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer. Investigators obtained warrants July 2 and served them at the Hall County Jail.  

According to the Hall County Jail database and the Sheriff’s Office, the new charges are criminal attempt to commit felony murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

Defense attorney Chris van Rossem did not immediately return a request for comment. 


Original story: A man who allegedly shot at a Gainesville Police officer Thursday at the HomeTowne Studios on Jesse Jewell Parkway was taken into custody, according to authorities. 

Police responded around 10:30 p.m. June 25 to the extended-stay hotel regarding a report of a man armed with a gun who was drinking. 

“Shortly after police made contact with the man, he fired a gun at the officer. The officer returned fire, and the man fled on foot around the hotel building,” according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. 

The suspect, Daniel Andrew Smith, 37, of Gainesville was apprehended by law enforcement roughly five minutes after the incident. 

No one was injured. 

Smith was taken to the Hall County Jail, and investigators have obtained a warrant for aggravated assault on a peace officer.  

Additional charges are pending. 

The Sheriff’s Office was requested to conduct the investigation because the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was unavailable. 

After the investigation is completed, it will be turned over to the Hall County District Attorney’s Office for review. 

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