Felon arrested after fleeing and fighting with Rome officer, found in possession of stolen gun
According to a Rome Police Department incident report, on Thursday, June 12th, 2020, at approximately 8:01 PM, PFC Kasmar conducted a traffic stop on a dark grey Lexus LS400 for a tint violation. The final stop point was in the driveway of the fire station at 750 John Davenport Drive. Once the car stopped, the officer observed the driver side door come open and saw the driver later identified as Justin Darnell Coleman, 29 of Rockmart exit the vehicle. Coleman took off running towards the fire station open bays. The officer called out over the radio that he was in a foot chase on John Davenport Drive at the fire station. The suspect continued to flee, cutting through the ditch crossed the road. The foot pursuit headed towards Sheridan Drive at Laurel Ave. The officer identified himself and yelled for the suspect to stop. Coleman continued to flee until the officer caught up to him in the yard of 124 Sheridan Drive. The officer tackled Coleman, where he began to fight with the officer on the ground. During the fight, Coleman was able to get back and take off running again. When the officer got close to Coleman, he turned toward him and put his hand up in front of him, making fists assuming a fight stance. The officer kicked Coleman in the chest,which caused him to fall on his back. The officer got on his back again, attempting to Coleman. Another violent fight ensued. Coleman dug his fingernail into the officer, causing him to bleed. During the fight, the officer was able to update dispatch on his location and that he was fighting with the suspect. As the officer unholstered his taser, Coleman gave up and was arrested. After returning to the original traffic stop scene, the suspect vehicle was gone. After reviewing the dash camera, officers discovered a younger black male hopped into the driver seat and left in the vehicle. The officer searched him and found a Glock 27 .40 cal serial # LLP681 in his front left pocket and $1,772.25 in his pocket. There was a strong odor of marijuana coming from him, and he had a cell phone in his right front pocket. The Glock 27 came back stolen out of Cartersville, Georgia. The officer was then notified that Coleman was a convicted felon.Coleman was transported to the Floyd County Jail without incident and was booked in. Coleman is charged with battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime - felony, theft by receiving stolen property - felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon - felony, obstruction, felony obstruction of law enforcement and driving on a suspended license.