BERRIEN CO., GA (WALB) - Law enforcement spent hours Wednesday morning collecting evidence on highway 64 just outside of Ray City where the high speed chase and shootout finally ended.
"We got a call into the 911 center that we were having a home invasion that had just occurred and we had a couple of guys that were close to the area that got to the scene pretty quick," explained Berrien County Sheriff Anthony
That home belonged to Terri Brown and her husband. When Terri Brown came home from work Wednesday morning, she saw the suspects' vehicle in her driveway. "There was a white Cherokee Jeep in the driveway and I thought it was the meter reader," said Brown.
But when she went and checked, she found out that there was no meter man. That's when she saw her back door open and that's when she knew something wasn't right. The scuff marks on the door where the suspects tried to kick it in were still visible Wednesday afternoon. When the suspects weren't successful in kicking the door down, they busted out the glass and opened the door from the inside.
"I came into the house, went to the bedroom and seen my bedroom light was on, and there they were goin' through all my stuff," Brown recalled.
Investigators said 22 year-old Jimmy Kyle Hooks and 20 year-old Corey Lamont Kay held Brown at gunpoint and threatened her life before fleeing the house. When they left, she called 911.
"The next transmission over the radio was Lieutenant Tabor saying that he's being shot at. they fired multiple times at his vehicle," said Sheriff Heath. Tabor's windshield even took a direct hit from some bird shot.
Tabor returned fire and the chase continued until Sheriff Heath rammed the suspects' vehicle with his truck near the one mile marker on Highway 64. The driver, Jimmy Kyle Hooks, had been shot twice and was taken to the hospital. The passenger, Corey Lamont Kay, ran but was caught and Sheriff Heath dislocated his hand in the ordeal.
"If my guys are gonna put their life on the line, then I owe it to them to be there with 'em," Heath stated.
Kay is being held in the Berrien County Jail, Hooks remained in the hospital at SGMC in Valdosta as of 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. No charges have been filed yet.