City of Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman on Tuesday commended a police officer who was trying to subdue a suspect reaching for his gun, and also recognized the two police officers, a city worker and a resident for coming to the policeman's aid in the November 11 incident.
During the presentation at the city council's Tuesday meeting, Troutman said officer Jared Marlowe had caught up to a known and long-time suspect, Melvin Rhodes, after a chase into a city neighborhood. Troutman said Rhodes became combative.
When Marlowe "gave chase, he caught up to him and it pursued into a fight. This individual tried to get officer Marlowe's gun," Troutman said.
Resident Felecia Christian called 911. She alerted the situation to Bryant Sid Bailey, a city worker, who came from his residence to help the officer.
Officers Adam Hawkins and Denoris Carter also arrived to help Marlowe.
"We didn't want a tragedy to happen in our city and I'm glad it didn't," Troutman said.
Marlowe dislocated a shoulder and got a cut across his forehead during the tussle.
After the meeting, he told Patch such incidents "come with the job."