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Macon Officer Fires Shots at Domestic-Violence Suspect
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CORRECTION: This story originally gave an incorrect number for the Macon police department. The correct number is (478) 751-7500.

A Macon police officer fired several shots at a suspect who allegedly struck a woman with his pickup truck, then hit a cruiser.

A police news release says it happened around 12:15 a.m. Friday outside 564 Rogers Ave. That's off Ingleside Avenue. Police say it happened after a domestic dispute at the home.

While a woman there talked to officers, police say Melvin Harrell got into his pickup and drove toward them.

Police say he struck the woman, knocking her into a yard, then a cruiser, where an officer was sitting.

An officer fired shots at Harrell, "to prevent further injuries and to save lives," and he drove away.

Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said they're investigating exactly how many shots were fired, and she could not describe where the officer was in relation to Harrell.

The news release says Melvin Harrell is driving a white Mazda B-2200 truck with Georgia license PGD 7370.

He's accused of aggravated assault/family violence, aggravated assault on a peace officer, and Interference with government property.

The woman was treated and released at a hospital.

Anyone with information on the case can call Macon police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

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