Josiah Farino, 29, of Woodstock, was released from WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta on Tuesday, after being admitted for non-life threatening injuries from an undisclosed number of gunshot wounds he received in the incident a week ago, said Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Farino was originally charged with seven counts, but the charges have now been upped to 16, police said.
Farino is now charged with failure to appear, two counts of attempting to elude law enforcement, speeding, two counts of reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, weaving over roadway, improper lane change, no seat belt, hit and run, aggravated assault, theft of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor obstruction of an officer, felony obstruction of an officer and interference with government property, Baker said.
Baker said Wednesday Farino was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in Woodstock, and on warrants from multiple other jurisdictions.
“He also has outstanding warrants in Roswell, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs and Gwinnett County,” Baker said.
The incident happened Jan. 14 when Farino was approached by a sheriff’s deputy after 911 operators received a call about a suspicious man near the Cobb-Cherokee border, close to the Colony Center neighborhood off Highway 92.
The caller told 911 operators the man possibly had warrants out for his arrest, and a Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputy responded.
Baker said when the deputy confronted him in the parking lot of Baxter’s Groceries on Highway 92, Farino ran and led the deputy on a foot chase around the building.
“The deputy chased him around the building, then the suspect jumped in the patrol car,” Baker said when the incident happened. “The deputy fired a number of rounds at it. There’s gunshot wounds to the front windshield.”
Baker said Farino fled in the stolen patrol car, going westbound on Highway 92. Farino made it about four miles until the car came to a stop just past the main entrance of the First Baptist Church of Woodstock on Highway 92 near Neese Road.
“Woodstock officers were at his door as soon as the car stopped,” Baker said. “He stopped the car and never left that spot until he was placed on an ambulance.”
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, as they do with any deputy-involved shooting, Baker said.
Farino was booked into the Cherokee Adult Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon, Baker said.
He is being held without bond.