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Shooting occurred in back of patrol car

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A Richmond County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man late Monday afternoon during a struggle inside the back of his patrol car.

A man was shot and killed during a struggle in the patrol car of a Richmond County sheriff's deputy outside Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Washington Road.   Kelly Jasper/Staff
Kelly Jasper/Staff
A man was shot and killed during a struggle in the patrol car of a Richmond County sheriff's deputy outside Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Washington Road.


Coroner Grover Tuten identified the dead man as Kevin Brayano Pao,  Asian male, 22 years of age of Rockville, MD.  Pao was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner McDonald.

The dead man was found in the back seat of the patrol car with a nylon bag over his shoulder and a semiautomatic handgun "concealed in a shirt between his legs," Pat Morgan, GBI special agent-in-charge, said this morning.

"When we found it, it appeared that he'd removed it from the bag it was in," Morgan said.
"When I got there, he was deceased in the backseat of the car," Morgan said. "We could tell that there had been a struggle in the back seat."
The suspect was not handcuffed when he was shot, Morgan said.

When the GBI completes its investigation, it will turn the results over to Richmond County District Attorney Ashley Wright, he said.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office referred questions about the shooting to the GBI, but identified the deputy involved as 32-year-old Walter Garrison, who started in May with the Sheriff's Office.

Garrison received his police officer certification April 20, according to Ryan Powell, Director of Operations for Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training. He put himself through the academy, and this was his first police job, Powell said.

The incident happened outside Five Guys Burgers and Fries at 2805 Washington Road.

According to Sheriff Ronnie Strength, the sheriff's office got a call at 5:25 p.m. from the restaurant about a suspicious man who had been bathing in the rest room. The officer escorted the man to his patrol car and put him in the back, the sheriff said.

At some point, the man reached into a bag he had with him, prompting the struggle. During the tussle, the deputy shot the man one time in the chest.

The sheriff said no customers were in danger during the incident.

Most customers weren't even aware of the struggle, said Brittni Dulaney, who was eating at the nearby Moe's Southwest Grill.

"A friend came in and said, 'What's going on? There's crime scene tape outside. There are white sheets.' We never even heard gunshots," said Dulaney, 22, of Rome, Ga.

Five Guys, and other businesses in the shopping center, remained open Monday evening. Strength said employees of the other businesses in the area had previously reported the man.

The shooting makes the sixth one -- five fatal -- involving an officer with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office since Nov. 24, 2008.

Deadly force

Richmond County's use of force policy states:

"Deadly force is justified only if a person reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to themselves, a third person, or the commission of a forcible felony.

Police shootings

Recent police shootings in Richmond County include:

NOV. 24, 2008: Investigator Tim Tobias fatally shot Joseph Gooden, 26. The 21-year veteran was working a special-duty assignment at Captain D's restaurant on Wrightsboro Road when Gooden, armed with a BB gun, robbed the restaurant.

DEC. 14, 2008: Deputies Jose Rivera Ortiz and Michael Hodge were responding to a tip about a man with drugs and weapons in an SUV when they boxed in Justin Leonard Elmore, 23, using their patrol cars in the Cherry Tree neighborhood. Deputies said Elmore rammed Deputy Hodge's car and drove toward Deputy Ortiz. The deputies fired on Elmore and he died several days later.

DEC. 25, 2008: Deputy Scott White shot and wounded Georgette Reid during a hostage situation on Sunny Day Road in Hephzibah. Reid was fighting with her live-in girlfriend when she struck her in the head with a hammer and took her 4-year-old son hostage with a knife. As Deputy White entered the room, he shot Reid in the shoulder and pulled the boy away.

NOV. 12, 2009: An Augusta man free on bond awaiting a murder trial was killed by Richmond County sheriff's deputies when he refused to put down the knife he held to his wife's throat. Police said Terry Ramsey, 41, was shot when deputies Chadwick Plueger and Sylvester Rosier, responding to a phone call from his 14-year-old son, found him threatening his estranged wife, Tameka Ramsey.

NOV. 18, 2009: Three Richmond County narcotic officers -- Philip Hambrick, Jason Saal and Mike Swint -- were involved in a shooting in which Michael Nestor was fatally wounded. Sheriff Ronnie Strength said the officers shot Nestor, 30, when he tried to run one of them over with his car after they attempted to arrest him on several drug charges.

SEPT. 6, 2010: A Richmond County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man during a struggle inside the back of his patrol car. The man, who had been bathing inside the bathroom of Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Washington Road, was escorted into the back of a patrol car, where he reached inside a bag he had with him. The deputy tried to take the bag, and shot the suspect at least once in the chest in the struggle. A weapon was later found inside the bag.

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 09/06/10 - 06:45 pm
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That location could be

That location could be described as on the west side of Augusta or West Augusta (of course, I don't mean that as a city name, everyone that knows the area knows there is no such city as South Augusta, or West Augusta, or East Augusta), if you imitate the descriptions that are used whenever news is reported anywhere south of Gordon Highway. It's not far from Dillard's, the Masters Golf Course, in front of Kroger, across the street from Publix on Washington Road. Oh wait, I know, most of you will recognize that it is a hop, skip and jump from Hooter's and Somewhere in Augusta.

notsurprised
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notsurprised 09/06/10 - 06:54 pm
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leaves, and your point is

leaves, and your point is what? just babbling?

jb1234
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jb1234 09/06/10 - 07:12 pm
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So Leaves, you basically just

So Leaves, you basically just wrote an entire paragraph to re-tell us the location of the incident, which was something that the chronicle staff was able to say in just 8 words.

I know what you are alluding to though, and you're off base, crime can happen anywhere, from the nicest of neighborhoods to the greasiest of slums.

Like those before me have said, get over yourself.

RAWR
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RAWR 09/06/10 - 07:08 pm
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Umm Dillards isn't open

Umm Dillards isn't open anymore?

noils
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noils 09/06/10 - 07:24 pm
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Did the gunfight spill over

Did the gunfight spill over into Moe's?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/06/10 - 07:26 pm
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Gad, grow up people! What's

Gad, grow up people! What's it to you if Falling Leaves want to identify the location better than the paper did? Are you completely unable to tolerate reading something you already know? Jeez, chill OUT.

West Augusta was nice, safe and peaceful, back before South Augusta moved west and West Augusta moved to Evans.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/06/10 - 07:27 pm
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I think Leaves is trying to

I think Leaves is trying to tell youse guys... the crime is inching your way Marteeeeneeez.

boredinaug
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boredinaug 09/06/10 - 07:32 pm
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I think Leaves meant to

I think Leaves meant to say...."Thank You Section 8 Housing for moving my crappy neighbors to West Augusta where they can commit crimes there instead of here." :)

Taylor B
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Taylor B 09/06/10 - 07:57 pm
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You people act like someone

You people act like someone from wherever can't get in a car and drive somewhere to commit a crime.

We know NOTHING right now.

1CowboyFan
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1CowboyFan 09/06/10 - 07:57 pm
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And to think I spent $40 on

And to think I spent $40 on Microsoft Street & Trips when all I have to do is ask FallingLeaves.

lsmith
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lsmith 09/06/10 - 07:59 pm
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The entire stretch of
Unpublished

The entire stretch of Washington Road from Hooters to Rhineharts has become a second home to urban elements who are looking for more fertile grounds to ply their trade. If you drive down that stretch of road at 1:00 Am you will see it alive and writhing with vermin walking around, loitering looking for trouble. I blame a lot of the hotels in that area for making their rooms more affordable on the weekends. Urbanites will rent a hotel room and fill it up with 6-8 partiers and go at it all night. It's a cheap flop house and keeps them close the night spots they have taken over. Urban cancer on the creep for sure.
I agree with fliat_lux they are making a steady march towards Martinez and Evans.

chascush
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chascush 09/06/10 - 08:00 pm
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boredinaug, ‘Thank You

boredinaug, ‘Thank You Section 8 Housing for moving my crappy neighbors to West Augusta where they can commit crimes there instead of here." :)’
What do you mean? Section 8 housing is only for the disable, the elderly or single mothers with no job. How would that increase the crime rate? April fool, just kidding
Where section 8 housing goes so goes crime. It has destroyed 9 out 10 neighborhoods where ever it has gone.
Yep, the entitlements programs are really working. If you like generation after generation of free loading parasites it is working well.

3g
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3g 09/06/10 - 08:00 pm
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And the AC again thanks you

And the AC again thanks you for expressing your unwarranted hate over a non-story .

Blackeyes
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Blackeyes 09/06/10 - 08:08 pm
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I have grew up in Harrisburg

I have grew up in Harrisburg and have lived in South Augusta, on the hill, west Augusta, Martinez and Evans, and people, crime is crime but I do believe section 8 has condemmed a lot of good neighborhoods!

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 09/06/10 - 08:11 pm
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Glad I bought a home in

Glad I bought a home in Grovetown. The whole section to the right of exit 190 is booming. Its turning into what Evans was during its growing phase. I fully expect Grovetown to over take Evans at some point in the future. I also agree that Martinez is the next to go downhill and Evans will follow in the distant future.

And as soon as they build a mall in Evans, the Augusta mall will be the next Regency. lol

3g
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3g 09/06/10 - 08:13 pm
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ok , NOW it's a story , and a

ok , NOW it's a story , and a REAL good one , what with a weapon in a bag INSIDE the patrol car ? Can't wait for this one to get sorted out .

KSL
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KSL 09/06/10 - 08:22 pm
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Ever heard the expression,

Ever heard the expression, "Go where the food is?" Just like poor people do not hire people? Rob richer people. They have the money.

It's creeping toward you.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 09/06/10 - 08:21 pm
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Sounds like the officer had

Sounds like the officer had no choice.

Brad

marie21
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marie21 09/06/10 - 08:25 pm
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What we have here is a highly

What we have here is a highly trained police officer that took swift action. He probably saved his life and maybe others lives as well. For that, I am thankful.

1CowboyFan
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1CowboyFan 09/06/10 - 08:26 pm
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Aren't suspects usually

Aren't suspects usually searched and placed in handcuffs before being placed in in the patrol car?

Indigo
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Indigo 09/06/10 - 08:28 pm
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How does one get a bag with

How does one get a bag with or without a weapon in the back of a patrol car? Good shootin' officer!

mary dits
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mary dits 09/06/10 - 08:30 pm
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for washing in the wash room?

for washing in the wash room?

marie21
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marie21 09/06/10 - 08:31 pm
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Not just washing . . .

Not just washing . . . bathing. That's gross in a public restroom.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 09/06/10 - 08:34 pm
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While I'm glad that the

While I'm glad that the office wasn't hurt, I'm wondering why the bag wasn't checked BEFORE putting it in with the suspect?

corgimom
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corgimom 09/06/10 - 08:34 pm
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chascush- "It has destroyed 9

chascush- "It has destroyed 9 out 10 neighborhoods where ever it has gone."

Where are those 1 in 10 neighborhoods located?

It's that they have destroyed 10 out of 10 neighborhoods!

alycias
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alycias 09/06/10 - 08:37 pm
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to "3g": I was thinking the

to "3g": I was thinking the same thing. Wasn't that officer supposed to have checked the man's bag BEFORE he put him into that patrol car? Any policeman who is worth a grain of salt would have done that. Thats what they are trained to do. So why did he wait til the man got into the vehicle and something happen, before he decided to- or was forced to have to-check that bag? Are they just saying that ( and notice they said it twice--to make sure everyone read it), so that cop can get off scot free for killing an unarmed man? Maybe the man just had a comb or gum or God knows what inside the bag that he needed. Maybe he was looking for his friend's phone number , to call for help, or a cell phone. Why would a man who is just bathing in a public restroom reach for a gun to shoot a cop? ...unless he was wanted for something else. But if that is the case, they would have said that in the article.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 09/06/10 - 08:40 pm
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what do you expect with a
Unpublished

what do you expect with a public bus system

marie21
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marie21 09/06/10 - 08:44 pm
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Back to Section 8: Who

Back to Section 8: Who determines which neighborhoods they are able to move into??

pommom38
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pommom38 09/06/10 - 08:47 pm
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Doesn't matter, the person

Doesn't matter, the person was not under arrest at that time. He was being detained over a call about him bathing. Why would the officer search his belongings? The entire story isn't even told, and per usual, many just jumping all over the place.
Cozy there in grovetown are ya? You're sadly mistaken if you think crime won't hit your area as well. Crime has no zip code anymore, it's EVERYWHERE!

Taylor B
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Taylor B 09/06/10 - 08:48 pm
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Wait, I thought this was

Wait, I thought this was section 8's fault...

Shoot comments first, ask questions later, right?

Not that I'm a proponent of section 8, because I'm not. Sometimes the usual suspects aren't usual...

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