NWGA Scanner | May 5th, 2021

Dalton man assaults teenager and mother during violent domestic in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on April 27th, 2021, at around 10:37 PM, deputies were dispatched to 175 Reece Way in reference to a domestic which sounded physical. Deputies arrived and observed Gary Lee Burns, 50, of Dalton, coming from the backside of the residence. Deputies had Gary sit outside while another deputy went to speak to the victim. The victim stated Gary has been causing a problem since Monday. She stated at about 8:00 PM, Gary started arguing with them. The victim stated at one point, Gary grabbed her by the neck slammed her against the wall. The deputy reported observing redness about her neck. She stated Gary punched a hole in the bedroom wall and began hitting her. The deputy also observed redness to the areas where the victim indicated she had been assaulted. She stated when Gary grabbed her neck, she could not breathe. Photos of her injuries were taken. The teenage victim stated Gary had been hitting on both her and her mother. The Teenager showed bruising and redness on both her forearms. When Gary was taken into custody, he then stated, “she pulled a gun on me.” However, nothing was mentioned about a gun to deputies or 911 call taker. Deputies explained to the victims how to get a TPO against Gary and other victim rights. Gary then became loud and began cussing the victim at the top of his lungs. Gary got so loud the deputy had to roll up the car window to keep the volume down as Gary was calling the victim a whore and dropping the “F” Bomb in derogatory comments. While being transported to the Whitfield County Jail, Gary hit the screen so hard the deputy thought Gary had broken the screen in the patrol vehicle. Gary was booked into the Whitfield County Jail charged with aggravated assault, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and false imprisonment. Gary was also served with a warrant number for failure to appear for disorderly conduct. The deputy also spoke with the Whitfield County 911 dispatcher, who took the call. She stated she has been a dispatcher for a while and stated this was one of the worst domestic violence calls she has had to take. The dispatcher said during the 911 call she could hear Gary just cussing the victim. The dispatcher could tell Gary was slamming the victim against the wall as she could hear the grunts and moans from the victim as she would hit the wall. The dispatcher stated she could hear the violent assault continue while speaking with the mother.