Murder suspect captured in high speed chase
by Staff Reports
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The Bartow County Sheriff's Office assisted in the conclusion of a multi-state high-speed chase that occurred on U.S. Interstate 75 southbound early Saturday morning.

According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, at 2:25 a.m. Saturday, Bartow County 911 was informed of a high-speed chase traveling towards Bartow County. The chase began in Hamilton County, Tenn., involving a suspect in a Fort Campbell, Ky., homicide.

The suspect entered Bartow County at 2:33 a.m. and drove a white Cadillac at speeds up to 120 mph. Around 2:47 a.m., the chase ended near Allatoona Lake after the suspect ran over tire puncture devices deployed by the BCSO. A P.I.T. maneuver was used.

The suspect was transported by Life Force helicopter for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to Millsap, his office is assisting Fort Campbell authorities and no other information will be released from BCSO regarding the incident. The suspect does not currently face charges in Bartow County. U.S. Interstate 75 southbound was shut down for three hours due to the chase.

Boat explosion burns man, sends him to Grady

An Acworth man was transported with serious injuries after an explosion Saturday evening.

According to Bartow County Fire Department Sgt. Tim Patterson, about 8:30 p.m. the resident of Woodcrest Road was removing "bad gas" from the 1998 bass ski boat in his yard with an industrial vacuum when the explosion occurred.

The victim was burned over 50 percent of his upper body, including both arms, the back of his neck and the left side of his head. He was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital.

BCFD firefighters put out the boat fire and were back in service before 10:30 p.m.

Man witnesses domestic dispute in Cartersville Physician Center parking lot

A Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputy traveled to the Cartersville Physician Center around 1:55 p.m. Friday to meet a witness after dispatch received a report of a domestic dispute in the area.

According to the witness, he pulled into the parking lot of the Cartersville Physician Center where he noticed a black Ford Explorer with two men inside talking to a woman outside. The woman pulled away from one of the subjects and began walking toward Market Place when the passenger of the Explorer exited. An argument ensued.

The witness said the male punched the woman and knocked her to the ground. This was followed by a kick then another punch to her face. The male grabbed the woman and pulled her into the passenger side of the vehicle.

According to the witness, he confronted the subjects, telling them to stop. One man came toward him, so the witness pulled out his phone and pretended to take a picture. The witness claims that he told the subjects they were going to jail and that the subjects threatened to kill him too. He told them he had taken a picture and someone had already called 911.The subjects returned to their vehicle and fled the area toward Joe Frank Harris Parkway.

A Be-On-The-Lookout was given to all BCSO units and surrounding agencies for the black Ford Explorer. At this time no contact has been made with the vehicle or any other witness to the incident.