Incident Occurred on Bullsboro at the Intersection with the Bypass
Just before 4 PM Friday, October 21st, dispatch received a call from a woman stating that a white male in a gold-colored pickup truck was driving aggressively and had just flashed a gun at her and others in traffic.
She stated this occurred on Bullsboro Drive, near the intersection with the bypass.
Dispatch was able to get the information out to units, some of which met with the caller in a nearby parking lot, while others attempted to locate the vehicle on Jefferson Street, the last place it was seen.
Units on Jefferson Street soon passed the truck, turning around and stopping it on Sprayberry Road.
According to radio traffic, the suspect was in possession of a Colt Defense 5.56 Rifle.
Suspect, Alan Connally Rutledge, was charged with 6 serious felonies.
Alan Connally Rutledge, 54, of Newnan, was arrested on the scene of his traffic stop and booked into the Coweta County Jail on the following charges:
6 counts of Assualt Aggravated with a Firearm, a Felony.
He was held on a $6,000 bond. Records show that he is no longer in the Coweta County Jail.
Georgia Law Surrounding Aggravated Assualt with a Firearm
O.C.G.A 16-5-21 ( GA Code § 16-5-21 (2020) ) states the following:
A person commits the offense of aggravated assault when he or she assaults: With intent to murder, to rape, or to rob;
- With a deadly weapon or with any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury;
- With any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in strangulation; or
- A person or persons without legal justification by discharging a firearm from within a motor vehicle toward a person or persons.
- Except as provided in subsections (c) through (k) of this Code section, a person convicted of the offense of aggravated assault shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years.
It is also of note that in the State of Georgia, assault is defined as when an individual acts in a way that makes another person reasonably frightened that they will be violently harmed. It is also defined as when a person attempts to physically injure someone else.
Assault is the threat of battery. There does not need to be any physical violence for the altercation to be considered an assault. For example, threatening to break someone’s arm would be an assault.
The presence of a deadly weapon, in this case, a firearm, is sufficient in the State of Georgia to make the charge Aggravated.