LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police are searching for a Buford man who reportedly opened fire and struck his ex-girlfriend during a harrowing car chase Saturday.
Dejuan Wallace, 20, is wanted on charges he fired several shots about 12:30 a.m. from a handgun at his ex, who was the passenger in a car her boyfriend was driving near Lawrenceville. The woman, a 20-year-old Lawrenceville resident, was struck once in the arm.
Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said the victim has since been released from Gwinnett Medical Center but is not under any special police protection. As for Wallace, "He hasn't been caught yet," Smith said Thursday.
Court records show the alleged shooting was not the first instance of threatening behavior between Wallace and the woman.
The incident Saturday began as the couple was heading home for the night and noticed a driver aggressively honking and blinking headlights behind them on Ga. Highway 20. The woman realized it was Wallace and told her boyfriend to keep driving. Wallace began ramming their vehicle and at one point pulled next to them and cocked a pistol, according to a Gwinnett police report.
They turned onto Sever Road but could not elude Wallace. He fired about four shots, with one bullet coming through the back window and striking the woman's right arm, the report states.
The boyfriend circled back to Duluth Highway, where he spotted an officer parked at an intersection. He ran to the officer for help before driving to Gwinnett Medical Center, where both were interviewed by police.
During interviews, the woman told police Wallace had been trying to contact her from jail, though they had broken up eight months before that. Wallace was released from the Gwinnett County Jail in late February on a probation violation for failing to appear.
"She stated that she made it aware to (Wallace) that she wanted nothing to do with him," an officer wrote.
Wallace's probation stemmed from an incident last May involving the same woman.
According to court records, Wallace had texted the woman at her work following a break-up. The threat read, in part: "They better get me before I get you. I swear to God I'm going to kill you. I'm going to your house right now ..."
Wallace pleaded guilty under first offender status to terroristic threats and acts. Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Dawson Jackson sentenced Wallace to five years probation and ordered him to have no violent contact with the victim, records show.
In court, the woman asked the judge to show mercy, calling Wallace's threats empty.