Convicted felon arrested after aiming loaded pistol at juvenile in Whitfield County home

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On January 1st, 2023, at 7:17 PM, Sgt Buchanan and Deputy Robledo arrived at an address on Strain Road in reference to a welfare check. Deputies learned that Jeff Dewayne Marlow, 59, of Cohutta, had a 25-caliber pistol. According to the report, “Mr. Marlow stated that he did not point the gun at anyone. Sgt Buchanan moved into the kitchen near the safe and then saw a silver pistol with pearl grips lying on the kitchen table in plain sight. Sgt. Buchanan then rendered the firearm safe by removing the magazine and clearing the chamber, which had a cartridge in it. Sgt. Buchanan then had dispatch check the serial number in NCIC for wants, and it had none. Sgt. Buchanan placed the firearm in his patrol vehicle while he was interviewing Mr. Marlow and the victim.” Sgt Buchanan asked why Mr. Marlow had the gun, to begin with, and he stated that he was scared that his brother would come to harm him. Sgt Buchanan had been to the residence a couple of days prior. When Marlow stated that his brother was arguing with a female, shot a gun, and attempted to break in through the back door of the residence. Sgt. Buchanan and Deputy Townsend had not located any evidence of this occurring that night. The victim advised the deputies that Marlow was bipolar and schizophrenic. Another witness said that a juvenile was entering the house and that Marlow picked up the pistol beside him and pointed it toward the door. They advised Marlow that it was the juvenile. The two said they did not believe that Marlow intended to hurt the juvenile. She stated the juvenile exited that residence crying. Deputies also confirmed that Marlow was indeed a convicted felon. Marlow was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and simple assault.

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