Back in October, Clayton County Police were dismayed when a suspect who evaded police during a police chase and caused an accident was mistakenly released from a local hospital. The suspect, David Dwayne Phillips, was immediately considered a wanted fugitive. According to authorities, the suspect had led police on a chase that spanned over two counties. Four police officers were injured as a result of the collision.
After the suspect was treated at the hospital, he was supposed to be transferred to a Clayton County jail for booking. By some mistake, Phillips was released despite pending charges of criminal intent to commit murder and aggravated assault.
After two months of searching and investigating, police tracked down Phillips staying in a Motel 6 off of I-20. Authorities from Clayton County attempted to ake contact with the suspect, but he was armed and not willing to comply with their demands. At about 1:30 A.M., police called in SWAT teams and U.S. Marshals for backup. Agents eventually breached the motel room door. Phillips immediately discharged his weapon several times. SWAT teams decided to throw tear gas into the room, which prompted Phillips to eventually come out of the front door.
The Clayton County sheriff’s office believes Phillips either intentionally or accidently shot himself during the chaos. One bullet struck him in the abdomen, and another scraped his forehead. He was transported by ambulance to another local hospital. Upon receiving treatment, Phillips is supposed to be transported back to Clayton County jail for booking.