CORDELE, GA (WALB) - 45-year-old Darrin Ross is in a Macon hospital after shooting himself following a chase. This afternoon, GBI agents charged him with murdering his wife.
Tonya Ross was found dead yesterday morning in their home on Lester Road in Americus, less than two hours after two other bodies were found nearby. Investigators suspect Ross also killed Quanesha Brown and Corey Willis in a home on North Jackson Street.
Today Crisp County deputies recognized Ross's car from a lookout issued by Sumter County authorities.
Thomas Perry spent the morning blocking his driveway from curious onlookers trying to catch a glimpse of this crime scene. "We heard the police coming so we jumped up and looked outside and there was a car chase coming up our driveway," said Perry.
Next thing he knew, Darrin Ross, a suspected killer, was tearing through his yard. "Realized he couldn't go out through the field. He spun around, spun through here, went through our watermelons and then cut through the field," said Perry.
That's where Ross got stuck. Perry, an active-duty serviceman, and law enforcers from the Cordele Police Department and Crisp County sheriff's deputies quickly surrounded the car
"There was three of us piled up right here. And he was held at gunpoint. They asked him several times to get out the car and that's when he pulled the gun on himself," said Perry.
Ross led authorities a mile and a half through busy city streets, narrowly missing a car at one intersection, and going airborne at another.
"Given the nature of what this suspect was wanted for or Americus authorities wanted to question him for, we allowed the chase to continue," said Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock.
"I'm glad they took him down. He needed to be. I just wish it ended a little differently. I think we all do," said Perry.
Perry says the damage in the corn field could be costly and will set them back, but he's glad to be home safe and sound.