Arrests in Walmart Fight/Traffic crash injures one

Written by  Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:01

Two Arrested in Walmart Fight

  The Statesboro Police Department has made two arrests in connection with a fight that erupted in gunfire Sunday.


  Statesboro Director of Public Safety Wendell Turner said about 2:15 Sunday afternoon officers responded to a 911 call about an argument in the Wal-Mart parking lot between two subjects, 18 year old Hunter Rush and22 year old Francisco Chavez, both with Claxton addresses.  The argument escalated into a physical altercation.  Turner said during the altercation, Rush retrieved a rifle from his vehicle and fired into the air.  Police arrived, identified Rush and Chavez at the scene and secured the area and the firearm. 


  There were no injuries reported.  However, during the course of the physical altercation, a vehicle in the parking sustained minor damage.


  Both Rush and Chavez were placed under arrest.  Rush was charged with one count each of Discharging a Firearm within City Limits, Pointing a Firearm at Another, Affray, Criminal Trespass and Reckless Conduct.  Chavez was charged with Affray and Criminal Trespass. 


  Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Patrick Harrelson at the Statesboro Police Department at 912-764-9911.  You may also submit anonymous information to or text a tip to "TIPSSPD plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).  All information is strictly confidential.



One injured in traffic crash

   An early Monday morning collision between a tractor trailer and a pick up truck sent one driver to the hospital.


  According to Georgia State Patrol's Statesboro Post 45 commander, Sgt. 1st Class Brad Mosher, the accident happened a few minutes after 4 a.m. on U. S. Highway 301 South near A. J. Riggs Road.  Mosher's report said a pickup truck was traveling south in the northbound lane of Highway 301 into the path of the tractor trailer.  The driver tried to avoid hitting the pickup truck but the front ends of each vehicle clipped the other. 


  The pickup driver was transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro where he was treated for what Sgt. Mosher said were non life-threatening injuries.




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