S.C. reserve deputy busted in Exit 235 road-rage incident

Johnnie Lee Bryant III, a Hampton County, S.C., reserve sheriff's deputy, was arrested June 19, along with Tabatha Abbott, after Clayton County Police say the pair flashed weapons during a road-rage incident near Tara Boulevard and I-75.

JONESBORO — Clayton County Police say an off-duty reserve deputy from South Carolina allegedly opened fire on another driver on June 19 after the two brandished weapons at each other.

Johnnie Lee Bryant, 35, of Bluffton, S.C., and Tabatha Monique Abbott, 32, of Atlanta were arrested.

Police say both drivers accused the other of cutting them off, then brandishing weapons and that both claimed fear for their safety.

Police say the sedan that Abbott had been driving was hit by seven bullets and that Bryant allegedly fired the rounds from his tractor-trailer. No injuries were reported.

CCPD said that Bryant was off-duty as a Hampton County, S.C., Sheriff's Reserve deputy.

Clayton County Jail records show Bryant is being held on reckless conduct and aggravated assault charges. Magistrate Judge Wanda Dallas denied him bond June 20 and he faces a preliminary hearing on July 11 before Magistrate Judge William West in Room 202.

Abbott is being held on one count of obstructing an officer. In April, Abbott had a cash bond forfeiture in Chief State Judge Linda S. Cowen's court for February citations of speeding and driving without a seatbelt. Also in April, Abbott pleaded no contest before State Court Judge Tammi Hayward on a March citation for failure to stop or yield. Abbot got time suspended upon payment of a $50 fine. Court records show she is now scheduled to appear at 8:15 a.m. on July 18 on the Suspended Sentence Division calendar.

CCPD says the investigation is ongoing.

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