RCSO deputy, 19-year-old trade gunfire

Ryan Cameron

Ryan Cameron

CONYERS -- A deputy with Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and a suspect exchanged gunfire Sunday night during a routine patrol, but authorities say no one was injured in the incident.

RCSO Lt. Myra Pearrell said in a statement that the deputy came upon a black man, dressed in all black and wearing black gloves, standing on the corner of Farmer and Rockbridge roads shortly after midnight Sunday.

The man was later identified as 19-year-old Ryan O'Neil Cameron of 1016 Winding Wood Trail in Conyers.

From the patrol car, the deputy asked Cameron for identification. The deputy was getting ready to get out of his patrol car when the deputy looked up to find Cameron standing at his window and pointing a semi-automatic pistol at him.

"The suspect then told the deputy to put up his hands and get out of the car," Pearrell said in the statement.

The deputy was told to keep his hands in the air and walk toward a grassy area near the woodline, Pearrell said. The deputy walked away from the suspect, then drew his weapon, turned around and fired. Cameron returned fire, according to Pearrell, then ran away.

The RCSO K-9 Unit tracked Cameron in less than an hour to a nearby shed near the intersection of the initial contact. Cameron surrendered at the shed without incident, according to Pearrell.

Cameron faces charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping, possession of a knife or firearm in the commission of a felony, probation violation, and interference with government property.

Cameron is currently in Rockdale County Jail without bond.

Another violent attack happened to two RCSO deputies last week when they were serving a Newton County warrant on Glad Dale Drive.

Deputies were told the wanted person was not home at the time and the deputies went inside the home to look for the wanted person, according to an incident report. While searching, a deputy found a small, clear plastic bag of suspected crystal methamphetamine in a wallet under a bed mattress. Identification found in the wallet indicated it belonged to Joseph John Vigreux of Covington. Deputies found Vigreux and attempted to put handcuffs on the 35-year-old man. But Vigreux reportedly spun around, grabbed the deputy by the throat and tried to grab the deputy's weapon, according to the report. The deputy and Vigreux scuffled and the other deputy tried to assist. Vigreux reportedly put his hand to the other deputy's throat, as both deputies struggled to control Vigreux. Deputies eventually put him face down on the ground, but Vigreux initially kept one of his hands on his stomach and refused to put it behind his back for the handcuff. Vigreux later complied with law enforcement.

Vigreux faces two counts of obstruction of law enforcement, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, attempting to remove a firearm from a public official, and giving false name and birth date to law enforcement. It was later determined Vigreux is wanted out of Austin, Texas.

Anthony Tyler Eastling, the suspect wanted on a Newton County warrant, later returned home and deputies took him into custody.