JACKSON — Butts County Sheriff Gary Long has had enough.
The sheriff has put violent criminals in the city of Jackson on notice, citing increased gun violence. After an incident Wednesday that saw two vehicles involved in a shootout with each other on the roads of the Georgia town, the Sheriff took to Facebook to let residents and criminals alike know his intentions.
The Incident: On Wednesday, a red Jeep Cherokee and a Dodge Dakota pickup truck came through the City of Jackson in an active shootout with each other. The driver of the Jeep was hit by gunfire in the arm and went to a family member’s house.
Deputies located the Dodge pickup with two men riding in the bed of the truck. According to Long, the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and a short vehicle pursuit ensued, ending on Mulberry Street and First Street in Jackson.
The two men in the bed of the truck fled on foot and the driver was apprehended. The pistol used in the shooting was recovered and Long says two men who fled on foot have been identified and will be arrested very shortly.
Long’s Vow to Residents: The sheriff did not mince words in his Facebook post. Here’s what he had to say to residents and those responsible for the uptick in gun violence in Jackson.
“To the Citizens of Jackson, I am putting a plan in place and sending Deputies into the City to stop the increased gun violence we have been experiencing. My Deputies WILL NOT leave the City of Jackson until we have identified and arrested those responsible for tearing down the quality of life for the good people of Jackson. These types of crimes have been isolated throughout different neighborhoods in the City, but as of today, they took their violence to the square in Jackson. By the grace of God, no innocent bystanders were injured. If you are involved in this type of criminal behavior, my advice to you, is leave Jackson now, as my Deputies are coming for you like you have never seen.
“As Sheriff, I will not sit back and let these senseless criminals create havoc and chaos to the good people of our great City and County.”
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