Police responded in force Thursday after a Georgia State Patrol trooper heard three gunshots while approaching a car following a chase in Hall County, according to authorities. No one was injured.
Carlos Martinez, 27, of Gillsville was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, driving after being declared a habitual violator and possession of methamphetamine.
Authorities said Martinez also had active warrants.
Around 3:45 p.m. April 5, a trooper from Athens was patrolling on Old State Road in Jackson County when he saw a black BMW pass multiple cars while driving “at a high rate of speed.” The trooper then turned on his lights and sirens in pursuit.
“It became apparent to the trooper that the driver of the BMW was attempting to flee,” state patrol said in a news release.
The trooper later pulled up behind the BMW in a private driveway on Bob Bryant Road in Hall County. The car’s driver’s side door was open, and the trooper began his approach to “clear it of any threats,” according to authorities.
“While doing so, he heard three gunshots,” according to state patrol. “The trooper took cover behind his patrol car and waited for backup to arrive. He did observe a male jumping a chain link fence of the yard they had stopped in.”
The trooper was not injured, and three shell casings from a pistol were recovered.
Troopers from the Gainesville, Hartwell and Athens state patrol posts assisted along with Gainesville Police, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Lee Arrendale State Prison’s K9 unit and a state patrol aviation unit also responded.