A man who reportedly was drunk and shooting a gun in Eatonton neighborhoods is behind bars, and Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence is expressing gratitude to quick-thinking residents.
“Thanks to eyewitnesses who responded so quickly and provided us with exact details, this man was apprehended within minutes,” he said.
Ironically, the man, later identified as Robert Dunn, was in a vehicle wreck that was being checked by Putnam County Sheriff Deputies the same moment that Eatonton Police officers were learning of his identity.
Law enforcement received several phone calls Tuesday night that reported a man was driving along Hogan Boulevard, MLK Jr. Drive, and Alexander, East and New streets in Eatonton, firing a gun up into the air from his car window.
Lawrence said his officers responded and talked to residents, but the man had already driven out of the neighborhood in an unknown direction. However, several residents provided detailed descriptions of the man and his car, and also the license plate number.
Lawrence said right after that, he heard a call go out over the radio about a wreck in the county. He learned the tag number of the car was the same one EPD was searching for.
“I want to thank the residents for their quick response and for letting us know who we were looking for,” Lawrence said, repeating his gratitude.
According to Putnam County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Russell Blenk, Dunn was reportedly following too closely behind another vehicle on GA-44, and drove his Nissan Altima into the back of the other vehicle. No one was injured.
Sgt. Jeffrey Duncan, Deputy Mark Adams and other deputies responded to the scene, and Sgt. Duncan recovered the 9mm Smith & Wesson from Dunn. Field sobriety tests were done, and Dunn was subsequently arrested.
Robert Wade Dunn, 36, of Harmony Court, Eatonton, was charged with two counts discharging firearm in city, two counts discharging firearm while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, following too closely, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, open container in vehicle, and possession of Xanax. He is being held without bond in Putnam County Sheriff’s Office jail.