Nelson Fain Carver entered a plea in Bartow County Superior Court Dec. 18. He was sentenced to a total of 25 years on the five counts and will serve 20 in custody, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
According to the initial report, the deputy was dispatched to 79 Linwood Road in Adairsville at 8:51 p.m. April 4 in reference to shots fired at the residence.
While the deputy was en route to the location, he saw a vehicle that matched the red Nissan pickup truck description provided by Bartow County dispatch and he witnessed the vehicle attempt to pull onto Linwood Road at the same time he was turning into the area. With the description provided matching the truck he observed, the deputy attempted a traffic stop to determine if the truck was the same one involved in the shooting incident.
When the deputy activated his emergency lights, he observed two male occupants in the vehicle and advised both men over the public address system to step from the vehicle and show their hands. The driver, identified as Carver, questioned why the deputy needed to see their hands. According to the deputy’s report, he said the nature of the call was cause for his request to see the men’s hands.
At that moment, Carver activated his bright lights, causing the deputy to back his patrol vehicle up approximately 10 to 15 feet in an attempt to better see the vehicle and to distance himself from the driver. The deputy drew his service weapon the next time he exited the vehicle and ordered Carver to dim his lights and show his hands. Carver again requested to know why the deputy needed to see his hands, re-entered the vehicle, dimmed the lights and the deputy’s report said he heard “what sounded like a small caliber weapon discharge several times.”
The deputy took cover behind the right rear bumper and advised the driver to again show his hands. At that time the deputy reported that he was able to see the silhouette of the driver and several muzzle flashes while he heard approximately five to 10 shots from a larger-caliber weapon different from the initial shots.
At that time, the deputy returned fire several times toward the torso of the driver, who the deputy said appeared to be holding his hands in the air as if he was holding a weapon.
After firing several times, the deputy said he could still hear shots firing and observe muzzle flashes appearing from Carver. He returned fire and then observed the driver disappear from view and no longer heard gunfire. Carver then said that he had been shot.
Retrieving the portable radio from the driver’s side door where it had fallen when the deputy took cover, the officer advised dispatch that shots had been fired, he was unable to see the driver and he was unharmed.
A back-up officer arrived and approached Carver while the initial deputy approached the passenger, whose hands appeared to be empty.
The backup officer located an AR-15 rifle lying next to Carver and began administering aid to him. The passenger also was detained.
In October, the BCSO adopted a training operation based on the deputy’s experience. The “one man patrol” focused on deputies receiving fire from different angles and directions, and using the patrol vehicle as cover.