Shots Fired Results In School Lockdown, Two Charged

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

Bainbridge, GA - Bainbridge Public Safety Officers spent hours Thursday morning searching for an alleged gunman, after a call came in from a woman describing a violent encounter at a Pinecrest mobile home.

"She stated that her boyfriend, Milton Samuel, took the firearm and pointed it at her head and made her get outside the residence. Once outside he fired the firearm into the air and he left the scene," said Investigator Anthony Stubbs with Bainbridge Public Safety.

Carolyn Smith first told police Samuel went back to his house; after police secured that area, she changed her story telling police Samuel instead ran into the woods.

With investigators now believing that there was an armed man on the loose in the area, they issued a Code Red alert for the city and placed nearby John Johnson Elementary School on lockdown. School officials say the lockdown only lasted about ten minutes and that everything went smoothly.

Samuel was later found unarmed along Highway 97 South. He told police, Smith had the the gun the whole time.

"It was determined she took the firearm and hid it under a nearby trailer," said Stubbs.

Samuel was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm, and aggravated assault.

Smith was charged with obstruction of justice, but police say they plan to file additional charges.

Smith is out of jail on bond. Samuel, however, remains behind bars at the Decatur County Jail.


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