Suspect in officer-involved shooting at GRU released on bond

A Hephzibah man accused of attempting to run over a Georgia Regents University police officer during last month’s shooting was released on bond Monday evening, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.


GRU student Donte Lavelle Stewart, 19, has been charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor obstruction of a law enforcement officer, according to Richmond County jail records.

Stewart was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on Monday.

According to a GRU police report, Officer Wesley 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. Stewart then attempted 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.

Martin was placed on paid leave for one week following the incident, GRU Director of Media Relations Christen Carter said last week. He has been reassigned to an administrative post while the university awaits the results of an investigation by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.



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