Update: Glass speaks out on shooting of assistant police chief’s house, vehicle

Update

Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass is speaking out about an incident in the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, that resulted in gunshots being fired into the Newton County home of Monroe Assistant Police Chief R.V. Watts.

“First and foremost I am grateful and relieved today that the Watts family was not physically harmed when an unknown person or persons fired rounds into their home and an unmarked City of Monroe Police vehicle,” Glass said. “Their neighborhood fell victim to numerous property crimes that night, but there is no doubt in my mind that this unprovoked, cowardly, careless, reckless, senseless, unconscionable act took place because a police vehicle was in their drive way. The criminal or criminals that committed this hideous crime gave no consideration for the family inside the house they shot into. They didn’t care about a father, mother or children that could have been struck.”

Glass went on to say he believed that the perpetrators had identified the vehicle as a police car and didn’t care if they hurt or killed a child, a mother or a father.

“The Watts family will carry the early morning hours of Sunday November 26, 2017 with them always. I will use every resource available to me in bringing those responsible to justice. We will assistant (Newton County Sheriff’s Office) any way we can,” Glass said.

Newton County 911 Call Center reported that the call came in just after 4.36 a.m. on Sunday from the Watts’ home in a Newton County home in Social Circle reporting that the home had been hit with stray bullets. It was later reported that the unmarked police vehicle belonging to the city of Monroe that had been parked in the driveway also had been hit. Authorities with Newton County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release relating to the incident, noting that they believe this is a random act as it comes on the heels of recent arrests for entering autos.

“On November 26, 2017 at approximately 0430am Newton County Deputy Sheriff’s was dispatched to the Country Walk Subdivision located off 278 in regards to Entering Auto. While enroute, deputies were informed that shots had been fired.

Deputies responded quickly and when they arrived, they discovered that several vehicles were entered into. The vehicles appeared to be unlocked and valuables were left inside the vehicles unsecured.

At some point a handgun was found by the perpetrator(s) in which was used to shoot at a unmarked police vehicle and the home belonging to a law enforcement officer who resides at the location. Two vehicles were stolen from within the subdivision and the perpetrator(s) fled the scene in unknown direction. The method of flight is unknown at this time.”

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

This case has been assigned to investigators with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Major Felony Unit and NCSO is asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact the anonymous TIP line at 678-625-5007 or newtonsheriffga.org.  Anyone offering information can remain anonymous.

Initial story

Overnight auto, entering auto thefts and shooting in Newton County resulted in damage to the police vehicle and home of Monroe Assistant Police R.V. Watts. Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass said that the vehicle and home were hit by bullets, but he has referred any specifics on the incident to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

Fox 5 reported that eight cars were entered and two cars stolen, and that it is believed that a gun possibly stolen from one of the vehicles could have been used to shoot at the home and vehicle of Watts. Glass said he was not sure on those details, but he could confirm that no City of Monroe weapon was stolen from Watt’s vehicle. The vehicle shot at, however, was a City of Monroe Police vehicle. Nobody in the home was injured by the bullets, although it is believed that they did penetrate the home.

“We are thankful that Assistant Chief Watts and his family are safe,” Monroe Police Department noted on its Facebook page.

Editor’s Note: We are awaiting information from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office public information officer on duty and expect a statement from Glass in the morning.

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