Motorist shot by Houston sheriff’s deputy faces aggravated assault charges

bpurser@macon.comMay 20, 2013 

Daniel Adam Boghosian

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the charges that Daniel Adam Boghosian faces in a police-involved shooting. Below is a corrected version of the story.

WARNER ROBINS -- A 27-year-old man faces aggravated assault charges after allegedly fleeing from authorities and ramming patrol vehicles with his truck before a Houston County sheriff’s deputy shot him.

Arrest warrants on two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer were issued for Daniel Adam Boghosian, of Warner Robins, who remained hospitalized Monday at The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. The warrants were sought by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Deputy Dean Holtzhouser, 50, was identified Monday as the patrol officer who fired his weapon. He remains on paid administrative leave while the GBI investigates whether lethal force was warranted, said Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton. Holtzhouser previously served in the military, Talton said.

“As far as I’m concerned, he acted appropriately,” Talton said.

Holtzhouser, who’s been with the sheriff’s office since 2005, was outside of his patrol car near the driver’s side door when Boghosian allegedly rammed the deputy’s vehicle.

Talton said the position of Boghosian’s truck indicated he was about to ram the patrol car again on the passenger side, and that action could have pushed the patrol car into the deputy, Talton said. That’s when Holtzhouser fired, he said.

“I think (Holtzhouser) had to take the action he did to protect himself,” Talton said.

Boghosian has been involved in previous incidents with law enforcement officers, according to Houston County Superior Court records. The last conviction was nearly three years ago.

Boghosian pleaded guilty October 2010 to felony obstruction of an officer in a September 2010 incident and was sentenced to 120-160 days in a probation detention center and three years probation, court records show. He also received first offender status, which means the felony conviction would come off his record if he successfully completed his probation. It was not clear whether he was still on probation or had completed it at the time of Friday’s incident. Other charges of loitering/prowling and disorderly conduct from the same incident were dismissed.

In January 2006, Boghosian pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of misdemeanor obstruction of an officer, Superior Court records show. He was originally charged with felony obstruction in the December 2005 incident. He received 12 months probation. He also pleaded guilty to criminal trespass/entry and received 12 months consecutive probation in the same incident.

According to a GBI news release issued Saturday, Boghosian led sheriff’s deputies on a 20-minute pursuit before he was stopped on Moody Road near Lake Placid Drive.

“After deputies had stopped the vehicle, Boghosian started ramming his truck into two Houston County sheriff’s vehicles as the deputies were exiting their cars,” the release stated. “A Houston County sheriff’s deputy fired three rounds at Boghosian, two of which struck Boghosian.”

The chase started at 2:12 p.m. after a Houston County deputy attempted to stop a blue truck driven by Boghosian for a traffic violation on Ga. 96 near Bonaire Elementary School in Houston County, the release stated.

The pursuit continued on Moody Road, Sandy Run Road, Ga. 247, Ga. 96 and back onto Moody Road, ending after additional deputies arrived and “assisted in stopping” Boghosian on Moody Road near Lake Placid Drive, the release stated.

The GBI Perry office is conducting the investigation at the request of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon completion of the investigation, the GBI’s information will be provided to the Houston County district attorney to determine whether the use of force was warranted, the release stated.

Rodney Wall, special agent in charge of Perry’s GBI office, stated in a text Monday that he did not have an updated condition for Boghosian. Talton said he understood that Boghosian was improving.

Mary Ann Barge, Boghosian’s mother, said her son was not expected to survive the ambulance ride from the incident scene to the hospital in Macon. Now, he’s expected to be moved from an Intensive Care Unit to his own room Tuesday.

“He’s a living testimony to the power of prayer,” Barge said.

An armed law enforcement officer guards him in the hospital, she said.

Barge, of Warner Robins, was reluctant to talk about the incident. She said her son dropped out of high school but has since obtained his General Educational Development certificate. He works as delivery person for a restaurant, she said.

Wall said he did not have a timeline on when he expected the GBI investigation to be completed.

The sheriff’s office declined to release the initial incident report. Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Ronnie Harlowe, head of the patrol division, said the initial report had not been completed Monday.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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