NWGA Scanner | June 14th, 2022

Rome man stopped for move over law violation in Floyd County found with stolen gun and sawed-off shotgun

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On June 6th, 2022, Officer Sangphim was assisting a motorist who had run off the roadway (wet roads) on GA- 20 near Biddy Road. While sitting in the median with blue lights activated (and another police vehicle with blue lights activated and wrecker service with amber lights activated), a silver passenger car passed the officer at 82 mph in a 65 mph zone. Officer Sangphim reported, “The vehicle remained in the inside lane and failed to move over, despite there being another lane of travel and passed my position at 80 mph or more.” The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which stopped in the median on GA-20 East near Biddy Cut-Off Road. Officer Sangphim made contact with the driver, identified as Davon Lamar Smith, 27, of Rome, and immediately noticed the handle of a black handgun underneath his gas pedal. Officer Sangphim reported, “[I] also smelled the faint odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. [I] asked if that was a gun in his floorboard and gave him a lawful order to “leave it”. Smith ignored my command and began actively reaching down toward the firearm. [I] repeated my command multiple times before he eventually stopped his movement toward the firearm. Officer Sangphim located two other firearms in the driver’s door pocket, one being a Pink and Black SCCY 9mm Handgun which was discovered as being stolen. Officer Lanier then arrived on the scene and assisted. Davon was asked where he got the pink SCCY pistol. Davon then asked, “is it stolen”. Officer Sangphim reported, “[I] repeated my question, and Davon stated he bought it from a female friend, but he did not know her real name. Davon stated he knew her as “Root Something,” and he paid her $200.00 for the firearm. Davon then advised officers that he had a shotgun in the trunk that he had recently purchased. The shotgun was confirmed as a Remington 870 Pump Action shotgun that was spray-painted green and was sawed off. Davon was asked about the shotgun and asked if he had filed a tax stamp with the ATF for the shotgun. He had no idea what the officer was referring to. Officers then asked if he ever registered the firearm as a short-barreled shotgun, and he stated no. Davon stated he bought the firearm from his roommate, whom he only knew as, “Normal / Moe”, but he lived with him for six months. Officer located marijuana shake, over $2000 in cash, Smith And Wesson Body Gaurd .380, Ruger Lcp II .380 Acp Semi-Auto, and Hi-Point .45 Acp Semi-Auto Handgun. Davon was transported to the Floyd County Jail, where he was charged with felony theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, speeding, and approach of a stationary emergency vehicle (move over law).