Shooting suspect arrested after police use tear gas

Published 6:31 pm Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A shooting suspect was arrested in LaGrange Wednesday after a six-hour standoff with police.

Shane Steven Aultman, 28, was arrested after the Troup County Sheriff’s Office and LaGrange Police Department used tear gas to force him out from underneath a trailer on Kelley Street.

Dusty Sivell, 23, and Aultman were suspects in a home invasion and shooting that occurred Tuesday on South Stateline Road. The victim, a 47-year-old man, was shot in the chest and was transported to a Columbus area hospital. An update on his condition was not available Wednesday.

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According to a TCSO press release, the men forcibly entered the residence, struck the victim in the back of the head and shot him before taking several items from a safe inside the home. According to the press release, they fled the scene in a grey Corvette, which came back stolen, and also took the victim’s gold Jeep Wrangler. 

Sivell was arrested after a pursuit of the Corvette on Tuesday. TCSO Sgt. Stewart Smith said police located Aultman after receiving information about the location of the stolen Jeep, which was found at East Side Baptist Church on Mason Street.

“A person was seen getting into the Jeep and driving down Kelley Street, and we stopped that Jeep,” Smith said. “At that point, the person in the Jeep told us that Aultman had told him to get in the jeep, drive around and pick him up in the trailer in front of Kelley Street.”

Smith said four other people were in the residence, but they left before the TCSO and LPD set up perimeter. Smith said they don’t anticipate charging anyone that was already in the home.

“[They] gave us information that he was in there and [the LPD’s emergency services unit] lobbed multiple rounds or tear gas in the trailer and up underneath the trailer. We were told there was a hole that led down to the bottom of the trailer,” Smith said. “We lobbed multiple rounds of tear gas into the trailer … and he finally came out from underneath.”

Aultman and Sivell are charged with criminal attempt murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and motor vehicle theft. Smith said more charges could be pending.

Georgia State Patrol also helped with Wednesday’s arrest.