Authorities have identified the man accused who reportedly attempted to hit several local deputies with his car.
Just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a deputy from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office noticed a suspicious car parked behind the T-Mobile store in the Newnan Crossing Shopping Center near the intersection of Bullsboro Dr. and Newnan Crossing Blvd.
The deputy found Nicholas Bolton, 34, in the backseat of the vehicle, who appeared to be asleep. After asking Bolton for his driver’s license and to step out of the vehicle, Bolton reportedly refused to exit and produce his license.
After calling for another officer, both deputies explained to Bolton that he was loitering and could either produce his license and exit or he would be arrested for loitering and obstruction, according to the GBI.
Bolton then climbed into the driver seat and cranked the vehicle. Deputies gave commands to Bolton for him not to drive off in the vehicle.
The GBI said Bolton then sped off, narrowly missing one of the deputies, leading deputies on a brief vehicle pursuit through the parking lot before a P.I.T. Maneuver was performed by a deputy to prevent Bolton from reaching Hwy 34.
The maneuver spun Bolton’s vehicle around where it faced the lead pursuit patrol vehicle and Bolton’s vehicle struck the deputy’s vehicle.
The deputy exited his vehicle and noticed Bolton’s vehicle still in drive with the tires spinning trying to pull forward. To the left of Bolton’s vehicle, the second deputy tried to box him in and had exited his vehicle, attempting to give verbal commands.
The deputy directly in front of Bolton’s vehicle fired one round from his agency issued weapon through Bolton’s front windshield after he saw what he believed to be Bolton actively trying to drive his vehicle in the direction of the deputy to the left of Bolton, the GBI said.
Bolton was struck by the gunshot and was flown by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.
No officers were injured in this incident.
The GBI will continue its independent investigation. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Coweta County District Attorney’s Office for review.