By Jason A. Smith
A Locust Grove man is in the Henry County Jail on $40,000 bond, after an alleged domestic dispute resulted in death threats toward the victim and her children.
Kevin Douglas Jackson, 31, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless conduct, simple battery under the Family Violence Act, fleeing/attempting to elude, obstruction of an officer, DUI/less safe, terroristic threats and acts, criminal trespassing and cruelty to children in the third degree.
The incident which led to Jackson's arrest reportedly took place at his home, located on Ga. Highway 42 in Locust Grove. Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton said the victim, a 35-year-old female, told authorities Jackson had come home "intoxicated and banging on the door," after forgetting his key.
"When the victim opened the door, the suspect pushed her down to the floor," said Bolton. "The victim asked Jackson to leave, and when he refused, she indicated that she would leave. The victim then exited the house, and went to her van with her 2-year-old child."
Bolton said while the woman was outside the home, she heard Jackson fire a gun behind the residence. Jackson then approached the victim and fired another shot over the van, the captain added.
"During the incident, the suspect's brother and stepfather arrived on the scene," said Bolton. "Jackson's brother attempted to wrestle the gun away from him. During the struggle, another shot was fired. Jackson's brother was reported to have taken the gun from him, and they both left the scene in the brother's truck."
Police said several people witnessed the incident, including the victim's 14-year-old son. According to Bolton, officers began searching for Jackson, during which time the suspect allegedly made contact with the victim.
"The victim reported that he had called her and informed her that, in about 10 minutes, he would be arriving home to end her's and her children's lives," said the captain. "Officers in the area awaited Jackson's arrival, and spotted him as he was returning home. Jackson attempted to flee, and sped through the yard of the incident location before crashing into a police car."
Bolton said Jackson "assaulted and choked a dog with the agency's K-9 unit, moments before officers were able to place him under arrest. Police also recovered a .38 caliber gun, which was used in the incident, the captain said.
Jackson appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Thursday, represented by the Public Defender's Office. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and the charges against him were bound over to Superior Court.