A report on the investigation will be turned over to the district attorney’s office, said Rodney Wall, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Columbus office.
Wall said officers had been looking for Ellison, 32, for about a week because of a LaGrange warrant for financial transaction card fraud. On Tuesday about 1:45 p.m., sheriff’s deputies saw Ellison at a neighbor’s residence on Plymouth Drive in Heritage Hills subdivision, but Ellison fled into the woods with a gun. The neighbor said Ellison had stolen her .38-caliber weapon the previous night.
“Once deputies closed in on the subject, he brandished a handgun, threatened to take his own life and quickly fled on foot again,” said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Chad Mann.
A short while later, he allegedly hijacked an Isuzu Trooper in a nearby subdivision.
“Somebody was in the vehicle, and he took it from them,” Wall said.
Ellison drove to his girlfriend’s home in the 600 block of Gray Hill School Road and allegedly threatened to kill everybody in the residence. He drove away and someone called 911, Wall said.
A deputy spotted the vehicle on Interstate 85 and gave chase, along with a state trooper.
The chase went into LaGrange, and Ellison crashed the Isuzu into a parked car on Reeves Street, Wall said. Ellison got out and ran and the trooper followed him behind a house in the 100 block of Reeves Street.
“He pulled a weapon, and all indications are that he shot himself,” Wall said.
He said officers never fired a shot, but Ellison may have fired one round before turning the gun on himself.
Store’s bank deposit stolen
Dollar General’s bank deposit and a purse were snatched from a woman at 1811 Vernon Road about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday.
Police said the woman was getting into her car when she stopped to talk to an employee. As she got into her vehicle, she felt someone grab at her purse, turned and saw a man running into the woods behind the store.
Officers couldn’t locate the thief, described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 150 pounds with black hair, a white shirt, blue jeans and yellow tennis shoes.
The amount of the stolen bank deposit was undisclosed.
Anyone with information was asked call Troup County Crime Stoppers at (706) 812-1000.
Woman crashes car into building
A woman crashed her car into a residence at Benjamin Harvey Hill Homes on Whitesville Street after a police chase.
Police said Christine Jones, 24, of Borton Street was being pulled over for a broken brake light and an expired tag on Fannin Street near Hamilton Road about 3 a.m. Wednesday. Police said she moved to the side of the street, slowed, then accelerated, driving in the middle of the roadway to evade officers.
She attempted to turn into a parking space in the housing project and struck one of the buildings, ramped up the staircase, bounced off and landed on the driver’s side.
The front porch railings of three apartments were destroyed.
Jones told officers she ran because of a suspended license.
Jones was treated at West Georgia Medical Center, then charged with a brake light violation, not having insurance, having an expired tag, failure to maintain lane, driving on a suspended license, a stop sign violation, reckless driving and attempting to elude.
Pet killed by pack of wild dogs
A Camellia Drive man’s dog was attacked and killed by three wilds dogs.
The man called police to see if animal control officers could catch the dogs about 10 p.m. Tuesday, but the three animals were gone when they arrived.
— A thief stole the tailgate to a Ford F-150, valued at $1,000, from LaGrange Toyota at 1221 Lafayette Parkway.
— An Echo weed trimmer and a Honda lawn mower were stolen from a storage shed at Garden Solutions at 615 Hill St. The items were valued at $750.
— A Social Security check for $674 was stolen from a mailbox and cashed at a Commercial Bank and Trust location.
— Two ferns valued at $100 were stolen from outside Traylor’s Pawn and Jewelry at 504 Greenville St.
— Two guns valued at $1,600 were stolen from a vehicle in the 400 block of Hampton Green Drive.
— Items valued at $350 were stolen in a burglary in the 600 block of Hunt Road.
— A resident of the first block of Scott Road reported the theft of several items valued at $200.
— A 1976 Chevrolet Malibu with white racing stripes was stolen in the 200 block of County Line Church Road.
— A silver Schwinn bicycle valued at $350 was stolen from a carport in the 1300 block of Washington Street.
— Several pieces of iron valued at $150 were stolen from behind a shop in the 100 block of Hill Street.
— Darrell Scott, 40, of Warner Road near West Point was arrested at his home about 6 a.m. today on a fugitive warrant from New Jersey. Sheriff’s deputies assisted U.S. marshals in the arrest.
— West Point police arrested James Malone Jr., 29, of Lanett, Ala., on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of drug-related objects, theft by receiving stolen property, bringing stolen property into the state and obstruction of an officer.
— Troup County sheriff’s deputies issued a warrant against Anthony Lewis Lindsey, 37, of LaGrange for failure to register as a sex offender.
Unlicensed youth charged
A 15-year-old was charged after telling police he smoked marijuana before driving.
Police said the youth ran a stop sign at the corner of Brownwood Avenue and Monroe Street. When they pulled him over, they smelled marijuana coming from the car. He told them he had smoked before leaving his house, and officers couldn’t find any drugs on him.
His grandmother came to pick up the car, telling officers she let the unlicensed boy drive. She was cited for parental responsibility and allowing another to violate a state law.
The juvenile was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, driving unlicensed and a stop sign violation. He was released to the grandmother.
Bug blamed for one-car wreck
A Turner Street woman struck a utility pole after attempting to stop to get an insect out of her car.
Police said Lauren King, 21, was traveling on North Greenwood Street near Highland Avenue about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday when the bug flew into her car. She tried to stop her vehicle and struck the utility pole.
Both King and her passenger Jessica Keys, 21, of Turner Street, were treated at West Georgia Medical Center. King was not cited for failing to maintain her lane due to the circumstances of the wreck.
Man claimsto be ninja
A man told police he was a ninja, laid down on Cherry Street and yelled for his mother.
Police received a call saying a man was standing in the road yelling. He had difficulty standing and had to brace himself when he picked up his credit card.
He told officers that he was a ninja and rambled and cursed while speaking with them. He then laid in the street on his stomach in front of the patrol car and yelled for his mother.
He was charged with being a pedestrian under the influence.
— It is the policy of LaGrange Daily News to print the names of people charged with felonies.