Stabbing suspect shot by police charged with aggravated assault

CONYERS -- A suspect who was shot by a police officer Friday as he was reportedly stabbing his mother in the middle of Rockbridge Road has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

Lt. Jackie Dunn with the Conyers Police Department said Pernell Presley, 21, of 1544 Eastmont Drive, will likely face additional charges under the Family Violence Act.

Police responded to a call of a stabbing in progress at about 8:15 a.m. Friday at the Eastmont Town homes off Rockbridge Road. When police arrived, they saw Presley allegedly stabbing his 42-year-old mother and himself in the middle of the road. Presley reportedly charged toward one of the officers and was shot by the officer three times, once in the arm and twice in the hip.

Dunn said the incident began with a family discussion of the suspect's recent erratic behavior.

"He basically said 'I'll show you crazy,' and went and got the knife," Dunn said.

The knife was described as a 5-inch kitchen butcher knife.

The victim's 16-year-old daughter was also in the home at the time and ran out to call police.

Both the victim and the suspect were taken by air ambulance to Atlanta area hospitals. The victim was listed in good condition Monday and could be released this week. The suspect was listed in stable condition, according to police.

Per department policy, the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation. The officer is a four-year veteran of the police force.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in at the request of Chief Gene Wilson to investigate the officer's involvement in the incident.


chantilly 2 years, 5 months ago

I can't understand why he wasn't charged with attempted murder. Why don't the people in charge want to get these dangerous people behind bars?


Kristie1228 2 years, 5 months ago

chantilly boo you are not god so please dont judge. i knew this person personally and he loved and honored his mother and sister like a queen and princess. you may have not done something like this but i know you are no saint and have sin before. so a sin is a sin. you never know what life might hand you that you cant handle and it causes your brain cells to go out of wack. point blank if you dont have anything nice to say please dont comment at all because this was a hard good young black man and i will not let his name be slandered because i knew him and this what not the person i knew. thanks have a great day.


Frizzlefry 2 years, 5 months ago

He loved and honored his mom and sister like a Queen and a Princess eh? At least you're right about one thing, his brain cells sure went "wack." P.S. you sound bat poop crazy. thanks and have a great day.


Elmo 2 years, 5 months ago

"...he loved and honored his mother and sister like a queen and princess...".


You're right that Chantilly is not God, but then, neither are you. But you don't seem to have any problem with deciding what is, or is not, a sin.

No one is "slandering" this man's name, as "slander" is saying something that is not true. It IS true that he stabbed his Mother repeatedly in public, according to all news accounts.

There will be a Judge to do the judging, but we are all free to have our opinions. No one is pretending to be a "Saint", we are just observers, and in a peaceful society it is perfectly normal to have second thoughts about a man who would do this foul deed to his Mother.

Thou doth protest too much.

If he's your friend, that's between you and him...after all you did say that he "was a hard good young black man", whatever that means.

But, you think what you want, and the rest of the law-abiding society will think what they want, and comment on it.


Southside 2 years, 4 months ago

He must be a great man. Long live the Queen. Better hope he never considers you royalty!


Lorenzo 2 years, 4 months ago

Kristie, people don't have to be "god" to judge. BTW, that's spelled with a capital G if your talking about the deity. Tired of listening to folks, you in particular, popping off about how we shouldn't judge. Wrong!! We pay taxes and hire an entire criminal justice section of the government to take care of that. God lets us do that. I believe he approves.


Lorenzo 2 years, 5 months ago

He wasn't charged with attempted murder because Georgia does not have Attempted Murder as a law violation. The charge in Georgia is Aggravated Assault when a person tries to "Murder, Rape or Rob" another person. I can't understand why people want to complain about things they know nothing about and confirm their general ignorance to the world. Back to law school for you Matlock.


Southside 2 years, 5 months ago

He definately sounded aggravated.


Elmo 2 years, 5 months ago

I don't see that chantilly was complaining, as s/he merely made a statement seeking some understanding of the charges.

If all citizens knew all of the nuances about law, then there would be no need for lawyers in our society, would there?

It's getting pretty bad when a person cannot utter an opinion, or statement, without being accused of "complaining".

It doesn't matter whether you call it "attempted murder", or "Aggravated Assault", by your definition - "...when a person trieds to murder, rape or rob another person" - the term "attempted murder" is merely an abridged definition of your "aggravated assault" scenario.

A skunk by any other name, is still a skunk.


Lorenzo 2 years, 4 months ago

It ain't my definition, check it out on line in the Official Code of Georgia and yeah, she was complaining and I object to complaining based on ignorance.


Kristie1228 2 years, 5 months ago

may the lord be with my friend. only god knows why and he makes no mistakes...you guys stay tune so you can hear the victory when it comes...cause believe me his mom or him did not die. this is not my battle or any body else. its the lord so let him do his job he knows whats best.


WayBack 2 years, 4 months ago

Hold up: are you saying that God endorsed this person's actions? "...and He makes no mistakes"? Pernell Presley stabbed his very own mother, the person who carried him in her womb, with a 5 inch butcher knife. His own daughter was frightened enough of her own father's actions that she called the police.

I believe that this is also known as "crizazy" right?

And I'm pretty sure trying to kill your mother in the street is not cool with God. It's probably somewhere in the Bible.


NitetimeinDaytime 2 years, 5 months ago

for those of you so willing to go to bat for this guy --- people, he stabbed his mother with a knife. repeatedly. understand he may have been a 'good guy' but that doesn't mean what he did was evil, and sadistic....I'm not church-going, however it is my understanding that a sin is not just 'a sin'.......a lie or an affair weighs a heck of a lot less than stabbing someone with a knife. just sayin....


Kristie1228 2 years, 4 months ago



wavace 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe you should learn the English language a bit better before you call someone a dummy. Just the fact that you are STILL defending someone who stabbed their mother shows what type of person you are. For future reference, don't even try to quote the Bible especially since it's obvious you have read only one line from it.


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