COVINGTON — Covington Police officers were able to defuse a potentially deadly situation and take an aggravated assault suspect into custody Sept. 10.

Officers responded to a report of an assault with a knife in the Holmes Court community off Turner Lake Road where they found a man outside a residence holding a kitchen knife to a woman’s throat.

Capt. Ken Malcom said officers negotiated with the suspect while another officer got in position to deploy a Taser. Malcom said the Taser did not connect effectively, but the suspect fled on foot and officers were able to capture him a short time later.

“It was a very tense situation,” said Malcom. “Our officers did an outstanding job in arresting him without anyone getting hurt.”

Arrested in the incident was John August Comer, 31, of Columbus. He faces charges of aggravated assault, obstruction of law enforcement officers and battery.

Malcom said the victim in the case, a woman who is related to Cover, was not seriously injured in the incident.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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