HALL COUNTY, Ga. - Police have released more information on Monday regarding a dangerous pursuit through Gwinnett and Hall counties on Friday which investigators said ended with an officer-involved shooting.
James Corey Heard, 36, is being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He remained in the Gwinnett Medical Center Monday recovering from wounds he received during the incident.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Friday around 10 a.m. officers with the Gwinnett County Police Department were trying to take Heard into custody in the 2300 block of Buford Highway in Gwinnett County on outstanding warrants for probation, fleeing and eluding, obstruction, and reckless driving.
Investigators said Heard, who was driving a 1997 Ford Escort, shot at officers during the pursuit. When he entered the Braselton city limits, he started to drive on the wrong side of Friendship Road. Officers used a PIT maneuver near Georgia Highway 211. Investigators said Heard once again pointed his gun at officers.
Officer Jason Robertson fired several rounds at Heard once their vehicles came to rest. Officers found Heard suffered injuries to the hand and head. Investigators believe his head injury may have been self-inflicted.
GBI agents are still investigating the shooting and their finding will be turned over to the Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office.