Barrow County Deputies Respond to Report of Road Rage Involving Firearm

A Winder resident was arrested following the incident and faces multiple charges.

A Winder man was arrested following a reported incident of road rage involving a gun. 

About 4:30 p.m. March 30, 2012, a deputy with the  was dispatched to the area of Ga. Highway 316 Eastbound near Patrick Mill Road in reference to report of road rage involving a firearm.

The suspect vehicle was spotted in a turn lane at Ga. Highway 82 and the deputy initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle pulled over in the  parking lot, where the deputy made contact with the driver. 

When the officer asked the driver, who identified himself as Jeffrey Craig Hatcher of 433 Aberdeen Way in Winder, about the incident, the man said he did have a firearm in the center console of his vehicle. Inside the vehicle, the deputy secured a 38 Smith and Wesson Revolver. 

The driver told the deputy he works for a security company and was required to carry a firearm as part of his job.

The man said he had tried to pass a vehicle with two teenagers inside but they would not let him pass. He was finally able to pass them but said he never showed them his firearm.

While a deputy was speaking with the suspect, a second law enforcement officer spoke with the complainants, who had also pulled into the Chick-fil-A parking lot. The individuals were asked to describe the firearm and what happened. Both complainants said the driver had pulled out a chrome revolver and pointed it at them. 

When a deputy read the suspect his rights, the man said he had not shown or pointed the firearm at anyone.

Hatcher was placed under arrest. 

While en route to the Barrow County Detention Center, the officer asked the man if he understood why he was being detained. According to an incident report, Hatcher responded, "When you show people a badge they automatically assume you have a gun."

The suspect was referring to a security badge that had been located in his vehicle. 

Hatcher is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of terroristic threats and acts and two counts of impersonating a peace officer.

Do you experience occasional or even regular road rage? What are the things other drivers do that make you the maddest? Tell us in comments. 

Wayne Hanson April 05, 2012 at 01:01 AM
If a person wants to pass another person it is his or her business so the slow driver can get over it.
Deanna Allen April 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I am totally for "slower traffic keep right". But pulling a gun seems extremely excessive.
willis546 April 06, 2012 at 01:39 AM
That is a bunch of BS. I think the charges are a little extreme. Isn't that hearsay? I mean who is to say the teenages didn't know him, and were setting him up? Why did they refuse to let him pass? Sounds fishy to me.
Brian Crawford April 06, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Sounds like he made a point of showing his gun, at least enough for his accusers to accurately describe it. Owning a firearm may be a right but threatening someone with it isn't. It's never good when guns bring out the stupid in people.
ibshagn May 23, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Hi Deanna, Yep this is that virginny guy again. Just wanted to touch base and agree with your comment, "But pulling a gun seems extremely excessive". Well stated. You amaze me in several ways. Not only are you an Editor but you actually share a moment of your personal thoughts on some articles. Quite unique I must add. Joe in Virginia
Deanna Allen May 23, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Thank you, Joe in Virginia! Thank you so much for reading! Can I ask how you found Barrow Patch? Do you have ties to this area?
ibshagn May 23, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Hi Deanna, In response to your questions! Being an avid news reader a few months past I was casually reading online news reports. I came across your article about the father that turned in his daughter to police for possessing drugs in his home, refusing to disclose the how, where of her getting them. Also complimented you on being "a breath of fresh air'" in Winder news print articles. Ring a bell? I have no ties to your community other than via your news articles. I did glance at your bio and found you quite interesting, well educated and an animal lover. Occasionally an article you’ve written or contributed towards will catch my eye and I crank up the PC and "it's off to Barrow Patch I go". No disrespect but the name Barrow Patch is catchy and signifies a small town atmosphere. That is a compliment. Yep, it does catch this city boys attention. I visualize a country town with quaint settings, one stop light with a wide thru town road. With any luck a visitor might just possibly run across an old drug store that still has lunch counters that caters to the locals. Maybe even a stranger could an order up a BLT with a milkshake. Perhaps! Joe.
Deanna Allen May 23, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Yes! I am terrible with names, but I do remember that wonderful e-mail you sent me! Thank you so much for reading and for commenting. I LOVE feedback! And, if you are ever considering a move, we would welcome you in Barrow County! While Barrow County as a whole is quite large and growing, the cities here have maintained that small town feel that I think is wonderful. Statham, Bethlehem and Carl fit the description you imagine. Winder has maintained its historic downtown area and the buildings there probably fit what you imagine, too. Auburn also has somewhat of a small town feel along the railroad tracks that run right through the city. Come on down!
Wayne Hanson May 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Whats the purpose of carrying one if you can't use it.
Wayne Hanson May 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I completely agree. Road rage can lead to ugly confrontations. I carry a gun ever where I go now.
stutterbutter May 10, 2013 at 09:56 PM
People like that are who make gun owners look bad.It seams that his little security job went to his head.
Donewith Barrow May 13, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Why in the H-ll did the Barrow County God-With-a-Gun not charge this guy with Rude and disrespectful to the public? and Failure to wear his seat-belt? I Mean, Come on! line the Charges up and wile your at it give him 50-100 counts of Child molestation. Its what Barrow County Loves Best. Nail that Man to the Wall Fill that Detention Center. you have to find "something" for all the FAT officers to do....


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