Assistant police chief's home, car riddled with bullets during crime spree

Bullet holes cover the home and car of the assistant police chief in Monroe. (Credit: WSBTV.com)
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Bullet holes cover the home and car of the assistant police chief in Monroe. (Credit: WSBTV.com)

Police are looking for a group of people who opened fire on an assistant police chief's car and home during a weekend crime spree in Newton County.

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Bullet holes were found both outside and inside the home of Monroe Assistant Police Chief R.V. Watts, according to Channel 2 Action News. Watts was home with his wife and three children at the time of the shooting, but no one was hurt.

“We are thankful Assistant Chief Watts and his family are safe,” Monroe police said in a Facebook post.

Brian Digby, who lives near Watts in Social Circle, told the news station he heard gunshots and knew something wasn’t right.

"I couldn't see anything,” he said. “And when I looked over to the driveway, I noticed that the truck was gone."

His vehicle was one of two taken about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Channel 2 reported.

Thieves also broke into nine cars, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Social Circle is about 45 miles east of downtown Atlanta.

Anyone with information about the crime spree is asked to call authorities.

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