Witnesses report that the incident began with an argument between Nancy Paris, 57, and James Gary Paris, Jr., 34, at their home of 3825 Rockmart Hwy. Officers were told that James Paris shoved Nancy Paris, took the keys to her 1977 Chevy Impala and stormed out the door. She followed Paris outside when he shoved her a second time. The victim then went back into the house and proceeded to lock the door.
Paris demanded to be let back in the house. Witnesses say he banged on the door and yelled, then took a steel chair and slammed it against the house with two children, a seven-week-old and a three-year-old, present. Finally, the aggressor left in the victim’s car.
A Polk County Detective was alerted to the situation. He spotted the suspect driving at a high rate of speed, going west in the closed section of Hwy 278. As the detective tried to stop the suspect, Paris turned and attempted to ram the policeman’s car. The investigator took evasive action and narrowly missed being hit.
Paris re-entered the closed section of 278 and again drove westward. The detective was persistent and once again tried to overtake the suspect. As they neared one another, Paris attempted to hit the detective’s vehicle head-on.
The collision was avoided; Paris drove into the yard of 3809 Rockmart Road. The detective reports that Paris circled the house, then made an attempt to broadside the police car. For the third time, the detective eluded danger and Paris returned to 278, this time driving eastbound. When the policeman followed, the suspect again tried to ram him head-on.
The suspect then entered the yard of 3809 Rockmart Hwy. Paris exited his vehicle; the detective drew his weapon and followed suit. With his arms open, Paris shouted to the investigator, “Shoot me! Just shoot me!”
Sgt. Perry Davis arrived on the scene. Although the subject pleaded with the officers to shoot him, he quickly surrendered when Davis revealed his bottle of pepper spray.
Paris was then arrested on charges of simple battery, criminal trespass, cruelty towards children, aggravated assault, theft by taking, robbery by force, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and fleeing police.