Ian Massey charged in domestic shooting that shut down Racetrack Road

Ian Massey, 30, the subject of a massive manhunt that shut down Racetrack Road and put two schools into hard lockdown Dec. 19, was charged with five counts of aggravated assault Friday.

McDONOUGH — Ian Massey, the suspect in the Dec. 19 domestic shooting and manhunt that shut down Racetrack Road, made his first appearance in Henry County Municipal Court Friday morning.

Massey, 30, is charged with five counts of aggravated assault in the incident, during which a female victim police say was trying to flee the scene in her car backed into oncoming traffic. Police say two other vehicles struck her car, causing minor injuries to two people, and that the woman left her car to escape Massey’s armed pursuit. Massey then allegedly shot the woman and ran to hide in the woods across Racetrack Road.

For half a day, Henry County Police, Henry County Sheriff’s deputies, McDonough Police and Georgia State Patrol troopers surrounded the woods from Racetrack Road to behind Publix. Troopers toting automatic rifles stood watch while a GSP helicopter flew low over the area.

As the sun began to set, Henry County SWAT team members arrived in battle gear and set up a base in a nearby shopping center parking lot.

Around 6:30 p.m., officers finally found Massey, Tased him and took him into custody.

Police have not said whether Massey and the woman lived at the same address nor whether there had been a history of domestic calls at that location.

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