NWGA Scanner | July 28th, 2022

Intoxicated LaFayette man arrested after pointing loaded rifle at several people and firing shot in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On July 3rd, 2022, at 11:46 PM, Officer Thornton and Officer Womack responded to an aggravated assault call. Officers located a juvenile who stated a man had pointed a gun at him from behind his vehicle and fired the weapon. According to the report, “He stated it was on the back side of the office building. Officer Thornton was speaking with another victim at this time. Officer also located two more victims. Shortly after officers located the suspect identified as Rickey Wayne Kidd, 57, of LaFayette in his room. Officer Womack reported, “[I] relocated to the room where we went to detain Rickey. [I] asked Rickey to come outside, and he refused. [I] stepped inside and grabbed his arm to place him in handcuffs. Rickey tensed his arms to resist being put in handcuffs. Officer Bethune shouted, “He’s reaching for something” with his right hand.” Officers were finally able to place him into handcuffs. Officer Herrera found a spent bullet casing in the parking lot, near the white Toyota car belonging to Rickey. Officer Womack reported, “Once in handcuffs, [I] could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. Rickey was taken outside onto the balcony. He was read his Miranda rights by Officer Thornton and did not cooperate in answering any of our questions.” One of the victims advised officers he was unlocking his vehicle, the van next to Rickey’s car when Rickey told him he should leave and pointed a loaded rifle at him. According to the report, “The victim backed up near the sidewalk away from Rickey and stated, “you shouldn’t be pointing your gun at me”. Two more of the victim’s friends showed up when Rickey began loading his rifle and then pointed the weapon at all three of them. Another victim advised officers that he was walking laps around the parking lot when Rickey pointed a rifle at him. The victim stated after he took off running, he heard a gunshot. A Dalton Police Department Det. Tucker arrived on the scene and took over the investigation. Rickey was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon x5, discharging a firearm under the influence of alcohol, reckless conduct, and obstructing law enforcement officers.