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Standoff at Newnan motel leads to arrest of alleged gunman

Man accused of shooting girlfriend arrested after standoff with police
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 4:53 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - A man is in police custody following an hourlong standoff in Newnan.

According to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Department, 36-year-old Timothy Leon Washington had gotten into an argument with a woman, which then escalated when he allegedly pulled out a gun and shot her several times.

“Deputies were called over for a welfare check. They cleared the scene, EMS came in, and got her stabilized to where she could be flown out to an Atlanta area hospital,” said Toby Nix with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators say he then ran across the street to the Red Carpet Inn and Suites and hid in the unit of a known acquaintance. She tells CBS46 that she left her room and called deputies over. A standoff between Washington and the Cowetta County SWAT team ensued for 30 minutes.

“It’s high stress, it’s rapidly evolving, you have to deal with what’s in front of you, just prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” says Nix.

Washington surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody.

“You’re always happy to get the suspect into custody without further incident,” said Nix.

Washington is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and misdemeanor obstruction.