Houston Sheriff Supports Deputy in Shooting | News
by Bernie O'Donnell, 13WMAZ.com
- Dean Holtzhouser was named as the Houston County deputy who shot a suspect on Moody Road last Friday.
- The GBI says the deputy tried to pull the car over in "a routine traffic stop" but the driver would not stop.
- Daniel Boghosian has been identified as the suspect. He was in critical condition this weekend.
Houston County's sheriff says he supports a deputy's actions in shooting a suspect who allegedly rammed two police cruisers.
Sheriff Cullen Talton today identified the deputy as Dean Holtzhouser. He said he's been a Houston patrolman since 2005 and has never been involved in a shooting in that time.
Holtzhouser joined the sheriff's department after serving in the U.S. military according to Talton.
He is now on paid leave while the GBI investigates last Friday's shooting.
The suspect, Daniel Boghosian, is in the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Boghosian was in critical condition this weekend. His condition Monday was not available.
Talton said Monday he believes the suspect will survive.
According to records from the sheriff's office, Boghosian has been arrested at least a dozen times, for charges that included loitering, prowling, theft by taking, criminal trespass and at least three separate charges of driving under the influence.
Boghosian is accused of ramming two cruisers after a chase -- one driven by Holtzhouser and one by Sgt. Angel Nunez. Neither officer was injured.
Talton told 13WMAZ's Lorra Lynch Jones that he believes the shooting was justified and he supports Holtzhouser's actions.