Georgia Regents University officer involved in shooting returns to work

A Georgia Regents University police officer involved in a shooting at the school’s dormitories late last month has returned to work, officials say.


GRU Director of Media Relations Christen Carter said Tuesday that Officer Wesley Martin, who was put on administrative leave after the Feb. 22 shooting at University Village on Damascus Road, has returned to work. Carter said Martin “has been reassigned to an administrative post” while the university awaits the results of an investigation by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

He was placed on paid leave for one week following the incident, Carter said.

Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Shane McDaniel said the investigation was ongoing as of Tuesday night.

According to a GRU police report, Martin responded to a noise complaint at University Village along with two other officers about 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 22.

When people began to scatter from Room 2307, Martin used his patrol vehicle to block the entrance to the complex. Donte Lavelle Stewart, 19, of Hephzibah, tried to leave the complex in a 1998 Ford Taurus.

According to the report, Martin said Stewart slowed his vehicle, observed him to be law enforcement and then accelerated. Martin estimates that he fired three shots into the front window and “several more shots” as the vehicle passed by.

Stewart, who was hit in the hand and mouth with what a sheriff’s office report described as “projectiles,” struck a tree, left the vehicle and ran through the woods to Tindon Street and Damascus Road, where he was captured. Stewart faces charges of aggravated assault on an officer.

Last week, Frederick Gibbons, who was repeatedly shocked with a stun gun by Martin during a traffic stop in 2012, filed suit in U.S. District Court.

Martin had charged Gibbons with felony obstruction of an officer, contending that Gibbons caused Martin to shock himself with a Taser. Gibbons was acquitted by Richmond County Superior Court on July 11.

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Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:23

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