A Newnan pediatric dentist is now facing criminal charges in the wake of a road rage shooting in a parking lot.
Dr. Lona Demetria Bibbs, 44, currently is out on bond following her arrest Monday.
The incident began on the interstate on the evening of Nov. 25, when a husband and wife traveling in a Dodge Avenger witnessed Bibbs “aggressively” driving a Cadillac Escalade, according to Investigator Jacob Herbert with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
Witnesses told police Bibbs reportedly brake-checked a red passenger car before all three vehicles left the interstate at Exit 47.
Bibbs and the couple driving the Avenger turned left toward Newnan Pavilion, while the red car turned right toward Newnan.
At the red light on Hwy. 34 and Newnan Crossing Boulevard, the passenger in the Avenger and Bibbs exchanged words before the Avenger’s driver turned left into Newnan Pavilion. Bibbs turned right on Newnan Crossing Boulevard, according to Herbert.
Bibbs drove to her practice at My Kidz Dentist, located at 1741 Newnan Crossing Blvd., and called her husband, Keith Walker, who met her and followed Bibbs back to the Petsmart parking lot, according to Herbert.
After locating the Dodge Avenger, Bibbs and Walker allegedly blocked the Avenger with Walker’s Ford F-250 and Bibbs’ Escalade and confronted the couple.
According to witnesses, Walker brandished a pistol when he got out of his automobile.
An argument between the two women escalated into a physical fight. When the husband attempted to break up the fight, Walker drew his gun, Herbert said.
The husband reportedly then drew his own gun and fired twice – striking Walker once, which wounded him in his arm and chest.
The women continued fighting until they were separated by an off-duty Fayette County deputy, who took possession of the husband’s gun.
Bibbs and Walker were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. Walker has since been discharged but continues to recover from his injuries at their Fayette County home, according to investigators.
On Monday, Bibbs turned herself into the Coweta County Jail, where she was charged with aggravated assault/party to a crime, terroristic acts and threats, battery, and simple assault. She was released that day on a $25,000 bond.
Walker will reportedly turn himself in on one charge of aggravated assault once he’s recovered from his injuries, according to Herbert, who also confirmed no charges have been filed against the two occupants of the Dodge Avenger.
Investigators say they are still hoping to connect with the driver of the red passenger car who was reportedly brake-checked by Bibbs on the interstate. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact Inv. Herbert at 678-423-6708.