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Friday, December 20, 2013

Two suspects arrested in Old Fourth Ward shootout

Posted By on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Two Atlanta Police officers last night found themselves in the middle of a fierce gun fight in Old Fourth Ward.

According to APD's report, both off-duty policemen were working extra jobs in their official uniforms. They were sitting inside their marked APD squad car at Zaxby's near Ponce de Leon Avenue and Charles Allen Drive when they heard nearby gunshots fired just before midnight.

Moments later, the two officers saw a black four-door sedan speeding in reverse while headed northbound on Parkway Drive (Charles Allen Drive turns into Parkway Drive south of Ponce) with "one or more occupants" firing bullets in the opposite direction.

"As the occupants of the sedan observed the marked Atlanta Police vehicle and the two uniformed Atlanta Police Officers, one or more of the occupants of the sedan turned their firearms in the direction of the uniformed police officers and one or more of the occupants discharged their firearm at the officers," APD spokeswoman Kim Jones tells CL.

Both officers quickly fired shots back at the gunmen. The sedan's driver stopped the vehicle and the shooters ceased fire. WSB-TV this morning reported that nearly 70 shell casings were place at the crime scene, but so far no motive has been determined. No injuries were reported.

APD reports that authorities apprehended 38-year-old Derrick Newell and 26-year-old Marcellus White, two out of the three suspects in the car, and charged them each with two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of reckless conduct.

While Fulton County Jail records show that White still remains behind bars, no record of Newell's booking at the Rice Street facility could be found. We've asked APD to look into the discrepancy and will post an update if we hear back.

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