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Suspect arrested after manhunt

By Greg Gelpi

After hours of searching and at one point shutting down I-75, the Henry County Bureau of Police Services arrested Hubert Timothy Sprayberry, 43, of Stockbridge, Sunday afternoon charging him with aggravated assault.

Sprayberry ran from police at the Wendy's of Eagle's Landing on Rock Quarry Road in Stockbridge early Sunday morning, firing "several" shots at them with a handgun, according to Lt. Ken Turner, a spokesman for the Henry County Bureau of Police Services.

"Sprayberry was armed with a handgun of unknown description during the confrontation and attempted to flee on foot," according to Turner. "Original reports indicated that Sprayberry may have also been armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, but this information can not be confirmed at this time."

Sprayberry was wanted for an earlier domestic violence complaint and a probation violation, according to Turner. He is also suspected in a recent burglary. Sprayberry had been released from the Henry County Jail on Tuesday, according to reports.

"During the pursuit, Sprayberry fired the handgun several times at pursuing officers," according to Turner. The police returned fire, and Turner ran away.

Police shut down Interstate 75 in both directions for a "brief period" to search for the suspect following the encounter.

Henry County police, though, responded to another sighting of Sprayberry around 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Village Place neighborhood in Stockbridge.

"The suspect attempted to run down a police officer in his truck after the officers made contact with him in the neighborhood," according to Turner. "The police fired at the vehicle, and the suspect abandoned the vehicle to flee into the wood line."

A brief standoff ensued, but Sprayberry surrendered to Police Chief Russell Abernathy. No officers were injured in either incident, but Sprayberry suffered minor injuries and was transported to Henry Medical Center for treatment, according to Turner.