Teenage car thieves try to run over officer

Three teenagers in a stolen car tried to run over a Macon police officer Sunday morning after the officer caught them breaking into cars near his house, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. The three teens were later arrested, but not before the officer shot at the stolen car in self-defense. No one was injured in the incident, which happened about 6:10 a.m. in the Apple Valley subdivision near Riggins Mill Road in east Bibb County.

According to sheriff’s office spokesman Sean DeFoe, 17-year-old Davares Jerrelle Evans and two 14-year-olds stole a car and used it to drive around the subdivision’s streets, looking for unlocked cars that they could enter and search for money. DeFoe did not name the younger suspects because they are juveniles.

Police officer Dennis Terry, 41, was in his home when he heard a commotion outside. When he went outside to investigate he saw Evans in his yard pointing a handgun at him, DeFoe said. Terry went into his house, where he called the Sheriff’s office and got his own handgun.

Terry went outside to arrest the teenagers, but by that time they were back in the stolen car. They tried to run over Terry, who shot the car in self-defense, hitting it once.

Law officers later found the stolen car on Riggins Mill Road. One of the 14-year-olds was arrested near the car, but Evans and the other juvenile had run off. They were later arrested by sheriff’s investigators.

Evans was charged with criminal trespass, auto theft and two counts of aggravated assault; one count for pointing a gun at Terry and another for trying to run him over. Evans was being held at the Bibb County Jail Sunday night with no bond.

The two 14-year-olds were charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and auto theft. They were taken to the Youth Detention Center.