Altercation leads to shots fired; multiple arrests


STAFF REPORT :::

An altercation that escalated to gunfire resulted in the arrests of several people on a variety of charges.

According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the incident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. Oct. 18.

Deputies responded to a report of shots fired at the end of Windsor Drive. Upon arrival, deputies determined that several women were involved in an altercation. After the altercation, one of the women allegedly called family members. Officials say when the family members arrived, shots were exchanged between the family members and others present at the Windsor Drive scene.

Authorities say a woman leaving the scene spotted deputies who were responding and turned around. Deputies attempted a traffic stop, but say the woman struck a patrol vehicle, resulting in moderate damage to both vehicles.

Deputies reported that after the collision, the woman’s vehicle continued down the roadway, into a storm ditch and came to a rest on the passenger side.

The Georgia State Patrol has charged Tonya Sanford, the driver, with DUI, reckless driving, driving on a revoked license and improper lane usage.

SCSO investigators have also charged Sanford with party to the crime of aggravated assault.

Brent Groover, a passenger in Sanford’s vehicle, was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Investigators say a firearm was recovered from near the scene of the wreck.

Crystal Hall was charged with battery related to the Windsor Road incident.

Nicholas Dix, who is at-large, is being sought on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Charges of aggravated assault are also pending against Austin Sutton.

Groover, Hall and Sanford are all being held in the Spalding County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

The investigation is ongoing with additional charges possible.

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