Cop OK, suspect still in hospital

By Aisha I. Jefferson

A Henry County Police supervisor was released from the hospital Tuesday night after being shot in the arm during a crack cocaine drug bust gone awry near the intersection of Rock Quarry and Banks roads in Stockbridge.

The suspect, 43-year-old Nathaniel "Jerome" Horne of Stockbridge, was taken by air ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital and remains in critical condition after receiving four gun wounds.

Horne's live-in girlfriend, Karen Elaine Morris-Turner, is facing drug trafficking charges and is in custody at the Henry County Jail.

Around 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, Henry County Police Narcotics Agents were conducting a "buy bust" from Horne, according to police. Once the signal was given, narcotics agents wearing police vests and IDs moved in to make an arrest. Horne, who was in a white Nissan Maxima, then began to ram agents' vehicles in an attempt to get away.

As the police supervisor, who officials have declined to identify, and other agents were attempting to get Horne out of the car he drove away, dragging the supervisor, whose arm was inside the vehicle.

"They shot a good bit," said witness Melanie James about the police.

Henry County Police Chief Russell Abernathy said it has not been determined whether Horne had a gun on him.

Police arrested Morris-Turner after finding additional crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana during a search of the couple's apartment early Wednesday morning. She made a preliminary court appearance Wednesday. Her case was bound over to Henry County Superior Court.

In 2001, Horne was in the Henry County Jail for about three months for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and felony obstruction charges. The charges were later dropped.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting and declined to comment on details of the case.