A Whitfield County drug sting goes bad. While Sheriff's Office says everything went off smoothly, one Dalton couple says they have the bruises to prove that innocent bystanders became victims.
"The public got hurt. We became victims," says Daniel Maker. And almost a week later, the Makers are still traumatized.
Last week, Daniel and his wife, Judy, were parked in this Wells Fargo lot. Little did they know that Whitfield county deputies were undercover conducting a sting.
All of sudden, something unexpected happened when primary suspect, Noe Hernandez, took off running across the street. "As we got out of the parking lot. This guy jumps in my window pulling my hair," says Judy.
Judy sat in the passenger seat while her husband was in the driver's seat. "I hadn't even had time to react to the situation. I know he was pushing on my leg to get the gas going," says Daniel.
As Daniel and Judy froze in fear, deputies came running while screaming commands. "To turn off the engine... as they were pulling the guy out of the window. When I turned it off, they were putting a gun to me," adds Judy.
"In the same instant I'm feeling a very shocking pain going through my shoulder right here," says Daniel.
Judy and Daniel says they tried to explain that they were victims- not a friend to Hernandez. But Daniel, says instead he got a stun gun to the chest and arm. "I felt like my life was threatened. Not just by the guy jumping in our laps, but the sheriff's office put our lives in jeopardy," says Daniel.
Hernandez remains in Whitfield County jail with no bond. As for now, the Maker's say they want the Sheriff's Department to take some accountability and do a better job of staffing their undercover stings.
by Mikaya Thurmond