NWGA Scanner | June 1st, 2021
According to a press release from the Dalton Police Department, the incident happened Saturday night around 9:35 PM. Dalton officers were already on scene responding to a call of illegally parked vehicles at the fair when they heard gun shots coming from the fair parking area. Officers immediately ran towards the area and found a group of people arguing. When they identified themselves as police officers and ordered the group to stop arguing, one of the people in the group (later identified as 22 year old Dylan Hall of Dalton) looked at the officers and then ran. Dalton officers chased Hall and an off-duty Georgia State Patrol trooper began to run after them to assist. A female in the group knocked him down. The trooper began to struggle with this female and identified himself as a law enforcement officer. The trooper was struck from behind multiple times by the female’s cousin, 18 year old Gabriel Adams of Cohutta. Adams then fled from other responding Dalton officers and was eventually caught after a long foot chase. During the investigation of the incident it was determined the original disturbance began as a fight between an ex-boyfriend and ex-girlfriend. Other family members became involved and Gabriel Adams fired a handgun multiple times. When he saw officers, he began to walk off as the original foot chase began but remained when his female cousin began fighting with the off-duty trooper and ultimately attacked the trooper until running from other responding officers. The off-duty trooper was treated for his injuries at Hamilton Medical Center. Officers located several items of evidence including a hand gun at the scene. Detectives were able to interview the parties involved where Gabriel Adams admitted to firing shots during the disturbance and also admitted to fighting with the off-duty trooper but claimed he did not know the person was an officer. Gabriel Adams was charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct, battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers. Dylan Hall was charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers and probation violation. This case is still an active investigation with additional charges possible. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Tommy Ensley, 706-278-9085 ext 157.