Shooting leaves one wounded, suspect in custody

A Rockmart man was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital last week after he was allegedly shot by another man in rural Polk County.

According to Polk County Police, Mark Harris, 41, was shot by 74-year-old Richard Wayne Tibbetts on Tuesday, Jan. 6, near a residence on Carter Mountain Road.

The incident was still being investigated, but Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd, the shooting occurred at 261 Carter Mountain Rd. around 5:30 p.m. and both men lived on the road.

Harris was taken by medical helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital.

According to a post on Facebook, Harris suffered broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade and a broken collar bone from the incident.

He underwent surgery at Grady and was recovering last week.

Tibbetts is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He remained in jail on Saturday with no bond.

Tibbetts allegedly ran into the nearby woods where he was taken into custody quickly after officers arrived.

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