Road rage incident involving firearm results in single arrest

Oct 15, 2020 at 9:55 AM EDT

DALTON – The following narrative report was filed by the Dalton Police Department regarding the arrest of Gary Alan Crowe, born 1952, on October 2, 2020 on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Some names and addresses in the following transcription may have been redacted to protect the innocent. Errors may exist. We don’t fix spelling/grammatical errors made by the agency:

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On this date, 10/02/2020, I was dispatched to the BB&T bank located at 1244 N Glenwood Ave in reference to a subject with a firearm. While en route, dispatch informed us that the caller, Gary Crowe, stated that a male in an orange pickup truck pulled a gun on him after a road rage incident.

Upon my arrival, several Whitfield County deputies were already on scene. They were speaking to the male in the orange pickup who was involved in the incident. Gary Crowe, at that time, was in the drive thru of the bank.

I went and spoke to the driver of the orange pickup truck, who identified himself as Mr. [VICTIM #1]. Mr. [VICTIM #1] stated that he was sitting in the line for the first stall of the drive thru of the bank. Mr. [VICTIM #1] stated that the white Nissan Rogue (GA tag:[REDACTED]) driven by Gary Crowe pulled up behind him while he was waiting in line.

Mr. [VICTIM #1] stated that Mr. Crowe was initially waving his arms at him. Mr. [VICTIM #1] stated that Mr. Crowe then started yelling and cussing at him. Mr. [VICTIM #1] stated that Mr. Crowe yelled “I’m going to shoot your ass”. Mr. [VICTIM #1] stated that Mr. Crowe then exited his vehicle, walked towards the driver door of Mr. [VICTIM #1]’s orange Ford pickup truck (GA tag:[REDACTED]), and tried to punch him.

Mr. [VICTIM #1] stated that he then caught Mr. Crowe’s arm with his left arm, and with his right arm pulled out his Beretta pistol. Mr. [VICTIM #1] stated that he then told Mr. Crowe to back off and leave. Mr. [VICTIM #1] stated that Mr. Crowe continued to yell and cuss but returned to his vehicle. Mr. [VICTIM #1] stated that he then backed up his truck and waited for police to arrive after Mr. Crowe told him he was going to call the police.

I then went and spoke to Mr. Gary Crowe. Mr. Crowe stated that he pulled into the bank parking lot with the intention of going through the drive thru. Mr. Crowe stated that as he approached the drive thru, the orange Ford pickup truck driven by Mr. [VICTIM #1] was blocking his path to another stall. Mr. Crowe stated that he asked Mr. [VICTIM #1] to move so that he could get around him but that Mr. [VICTIM #1] never moved. Mr. Crowe stated that he then exited his truck and went up to the driver’s side door of Mr. [VICTIM #1]’s truck. Mr. Crowe stated that he then asked Mr. [VICTIM #1] to move again. Mr. Crowe stated that Mr. [VICTIM #1] then pulled out a pistol and threatened to shoot him. Mr. Crowe stated that he then returned to his vehicle and dialed 911. Mr. Crowe stated that he did not try to punch Mr. [VICTIM #1].

While I spoke to both males involved, Officer Hughes spoke to two witnesses of the incident. [WITNESS #1] stated that she was sitting in the line to the stall of the same line Mr. [VICTIM #1] was in. she stated that Mr. [VICTIM #1] had to park slightly crooked due to how long the line was.

Mrs. [WITNESS #1] stated that when Mr. Crowe pulled up, he started yelling and cussing at Mr. [VICTIM #1]. Mrs. [WITNESS #1] stated that as she watched Mr. Crowe exit his vehicle, she thought she heard Mr. Crowe threaten to shoot Mr. [VICTIM #1]. Mrs. [WITNESS #1] stated that she then watched as Mr. Crowe went up to the driver’s side window of Mr. [VICTIM #1]’s truck while continuing to yell and cuss. Mrs. [WITNESS #1] stated that she did not observe Mr. Crowe punch or try to punch Mr. [VICTIM #1].

Mr. [WITNESS #2] stated that he also witnessed some of the incident. Mr. [WITNESS #2] stated that he heard Mr. Crowe yelling and cussing at Mr. [VICTIM #1]. Mr. [WITNESS #2] stated that he then watched Mr. Crowe exit his vehicle and approach the driver’s side door of Mr. [VICTIM #1]’s vehicle. Mr. [WITNESS #2] stated that Mr. Crowe was “very aggressive and screaming”. Mr. [WITNESS #2] stated that he did not see Mr. Crowe attempt to punch Mr. [VICTIM #1]. Mr. [WITNESS #2] stated that Mr. Crowe’s tone and attitude changed completely once deputies and officers arrived.

After speaking to both involved parties, both witnesses, and other officers, I placed Mr. Crowe under arrest for disorderly conduct. After securing Mr. Crowe in handcuffs, I escorted him to the front of my patrol vehicle. After searching his person and confirming that he was an united states citizen, I secured Mr. Crowe in the backseat of my patrol vehicle. I then transported Mr. Crowe to the Whitfield County jail, where I turned him over to booking staff.

Mr. Gary Alan Crowe was charged with disorderly conduct (OCGA 16-11-39) on warrantless arrest form #62688.

Mr. Crowe did commit the offense of disorderly conduct when he acted in a violent and tumultuous manner towards another person. Mr. Crowe did so when he yelled and cussed at Mr. [VICTIM #1] while in the parking lot of the BB&T bank in front of multiple witnesses and spectators.

Mr. Crowe used opprobrious and abusive words which by their very utterance tend to incite a breach of peace (“fighting words”). In doing so, Mr. Crowe placed Mr. [VICTIM #1] in reasonable fear of safety when he aggressively approached Mr. [VICTIM #1]’s vehicle, where he continued to yell, cuss, and attempted to strike Mr. [VICTIM #1].

Nothing further.

N. Hill #615 10/02/2020

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