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An Augusta man free on bond awaiting a murder trial was killed by Richmond County Sheriff's deputies Thursday when he refused to put down the knife he held to his wife's throat.

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Police said Terry Ramsey, 41, was shot when deputies responding to a phone call from his 14-year-old son, found him threatening his estranged wife Tameka Ramsey. He died at 4:49 a.m. at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting at 814 Metcalf St., and both deputies -- Chadwick Plueger and Sylvester Rosier -- have been placed on desk duty.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength said there was some indication Mr. Ramsey had been drinking.

Mr. Ramsey was out on bond after fatally shooting Richard Paprocki at Mr. Ramsey's Gordon Highway home in August 2008.

Assistant District Attorney Anthony Nicastro said former Superior Court Judge Duncan Wheale had set a $50,000 bond for Mr. Ramsey on the condition he live with his mother and have no contact with witnesses.

Deputies sent to the house early Thursday said they heard screams for help coming from inside and forced their way in.

They said they found Mr. Ramsey sitting on the couch with a knife to his wife's throat.

Sheriff Strength said the deputies told him to drop the knife and when he refused, they both fired. One bullet struck his chest and another his side.

He said the couple's two children -- the son and an 8-year-old daughter -- were in the home.

An autopsy has been scheduled at the GBI crime lab in Augusta.

Although it's uncommon for someone facing murder charges to be free on bond, legal authorities say judges do set bond in some circumstances.

Attorney Gregory Leopard, who represented Mr. Ramsey at his August 2008 bond hearing in Richmond County Superior Court, said his client had a very strong case of self-defense in the Paprocki shooting. Mr. Leopard said he was surprised that the prosecutor sought an indictment.

Mr. Ramsey's account was corroborated by witnesses present at Mr. Ramsey's Gordon Highway home the night of the fatal shooting, Mr. Leopard said.

Mr. Ramsey, who had just had half his thyroid removed because of cancer, shot in self-defense when Mr. Paprocki charged at him, Mr. Leopard said. Mr. Paprocki had already hit other people present before he charged at Mr. Ramsey, his attorney said.

Mr. Leopard also represented Mr. Ramsey in a child custody case involving his wife.

According to Richmond County Superior Court records, Mr. Ramsey filed for divorce in April 2008 after his wife moved out of their home. He was granted visitation with the couple's two children.

Mr. Leopard said Mr. Ramsey didn't press the case because he was dealing with so much between the cancer and the murder charge.

Three years earlier, Mrs. Ramsey had filed for divorce alleging Mr. Ramsey had a history of verbal and physical abuse in front of the their children. The petition noted Mr. Ramsey was arrested and accused of firing a gun inside their home in February 2005.

In the first divorce petition, the couple was ordered to take part in mediation. The case was dismissed in December 2007.

Reach Adam Folk and Sandy Hodson at (706) 724-0851.

NO STRANGER TO THE LAW

Terry Ramsey, 41, who was shot and killed by Richmond County Sheriff's deputies on Thursday, had a history of run-ins with the law.

FEBRUARY 2005: Reckless conduct for firing .40-caliber handgun near his wife

DECEMBER 2005: Terroristic threats for threatening a sheriff's investigator with a gun

DECEMBER 2006: DUI sentencing (one day in jail, 12 months' probation, fined $651 and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and attend a risk-reduction program)

Dec. 2, 2008: Indictment on charges of malice murder, felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime

-- From staff reports

RECENT POLICE SHOOTINGS

A look at other shootings involving Richmond County officers:

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 Mr. Gooden, armed with a BB gun, robbed the restaurant. Mr. Gooden was killed in the shooting.

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 Mr. Elmore rammed Deputy Hodge's car and drove toward Deputy Ortiz. The deputies fired on Mr. 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. Ms. 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 Ms. Reid in the shoulder and pulled the boy away.

-- From staff reports

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smartie
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smartie 11/13/09 - 03:11 am
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i'm sorry to say, but, i

i'm sorry to say, but, i think this guy had enough chances to control his anger. i'm sure someone loved him, and i'm sorry to those people, but, it probably worked out for the best.

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Asitisinaug 11/13/09 - 03:51 am
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These deputies are our local

These deputies are our local heros for saving the life of this mom and possibly the 2 children as well. These deputies responded to a 911 call for help from a child in the residence who says his father is trying to stab his mother. Upon arrival they hear screams for help, risk their own safety and enter a home by force to find the man holding a knife to the throat of a female in a threatning manner. They order him to drop the knife and when he fails to do so, they each shoot ONE time thereby saving the life of the victim. These two HEROS deserve our full support and commendations for their risk of life in order to save another. Thank God the victims and the officers all walked away uninjured.

RAWR
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RAWR 11/13/09 - 04:32 am
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Good riddance. Thanks for

Good riddance. Thanks for saving the taxpayers money!

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/13/09 - 05:53 am
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I would like for someone to

I would like for someone to explain HOW this person got a bond with his criminal history.How is it that a person charged with possession of 3 grams of pot has a bond set at $75,000 and a person charged with MURDER has a bond set at $50,000?That seems just a little bass ackwards.

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enana031 11/13/09 - 07:27 am
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Hurrah, that just saved the

Hurrah, that just saved the taxpayers a lot of money. This [filtered word]is exactly where he should be! Great job Richmond County.

my.voice
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my.voice 11/13/09 - 07:54 am
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Knife to throat = You go bye

Knife to throat = You go bye bye

PoliticallNcorrect
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PoliticallNcorrect 11/13/09 - 08:02 am
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We are one man safer :) Keep

We are one man safer :) Keep up the work RCSO

PoliticallNcorrect
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PoliticallNcorrect 11/13/09 - 08:05 am
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Wizzard,,,call you Senator

Wizzard,,,call you Senator because the blame is our legal system & Attorneys. The Deuties their do their job & find them, lock they up! The courts LET THEM GO

bentman
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bentman 11/13/09 - 08:08 am
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Come on bleeding hearts.

Come on bleeding hearts. Let's hear it. All together now - 1, 2, 3 . . . The cops wouldn't have shot him if he had been white. They're a bunch of racists.

joekm46
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joekm46 11/13/09 - 08:09 am
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To those who are quick to

To those who are quick to judge remember how we will be judged.. Let me give you a little bio about myself first, I am not black, african american etc... I had spoken to Mr. Ramsey a couple of times, he seemed to be a likeable person.. I did notice he seemed to have some sort of illness, I never knew until now that it was cancer..His illness may have been a factor in his actions..You know when our world seems to be falling apart like I am sure Mr. Ramsey felt with all his recent issuses, we tend to make some poor choices..When the deputies arrived I am sure they had no clue about Mr. Ramseys recent problems with the law, they were just doing what they were placed in position to do! Protect and serve!! Always remember we have to account for our actions now and in the next life..My prayers are with his family and the deputies..May Mr. Ramsey rest in peace!!

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1941 11/13/09 - 08:17 am
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At least the taxpayers won't

At least the taxpayers won't have to take care of him the rest of his life!!! How in the world did he get bail? He should have been shot years ago. Why should a judge intervine, when one or the other decide to get a divorce? The person who filed, know's that they are in danger!! The judge that dismissed the case in 2007, should learn a lesson from this, the next time the wife could have been the one killed!! Thank God the police did not hesitate to take him out!! Hurry up and put those officers, back on the streets!!! We need them !!!!

1941
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1941 11/13/09 - 08:22 am
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bentman: Lets stick to the

bentman: Lets stick to the story: Seems like you are the only one concerned about the race. The officers did thier job, a life was saved!!! What else is there to say!!!

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freespeech 11/13/09 - 08:39 am
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I glad the wife didn't end up

I glad the wife didn't end up another one of his victims. If she had, the judge that allowed him to be free on murder charges should have been held responsible.

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wheeza 11/13/09 - 08:54 am
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Asitisinaug....thank you very

Asitisinaug....thank you very much for your supporting words.

blues550
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blues550 11/13/09 - 09:04 am
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What in the heck is he doing
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What in the heck is he doing outside prison. Good riddance.

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 11/13/09 - 09:25 am
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BLUE550= The Richmond county

BLUE550= The Richmond county tax payer DID NOT want to pay for this [filtered word] medical treatment while he awaited trial (suspects was diagnosed with a terminal illness) Old Judge Wheale figured if he behaved he would let him out to take care of his own medical expenses. It was strictly a financial decision. I have heard of another Richmond county inmate that was diagnosed with the same illness and the county was stuck with his many hospitals stays, treatment, medicine and a 24 hour Deputy posted outside his hospital door. At the end, that particular inmate perish without ever going to trial and after months and months of medical bills it was all for nothing because the District attorney's office refused to bring him to trial until medical condition was "taken care of". So that inmate was in medical and legal limbo. IT WAS A FINANCIAL DECISION.......

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Notreally 11/13/09 - 09:36 am
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Once she talks to her

Once she talks to her Lawyers, she's going to sue the city BETCHA, she's going to claim, they didn't have to shoot him.

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CorporalGripweed 11/13/09 - 09:50 am
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This guy seemed to have a

This guy seemed to have a history of spousal abuse. When a cop tells you to drop your weapon and you don't,don't be surprised if you get shot. period. I grew up in a home filled with domestic violence, so as for prayers, I'd pray for the children to grow up not being scarred by witnessing the shooting of the man who was terrorizing this household, not the abuser who caused it all to happen.

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ispy4u 11/13/09 - 09:57 am
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Why would she sue the County?

Why would she sue the County? Always a Naysayer in the bunch.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/13/09 - 10:04 am
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No one is going after these

No one is going after these officers for doing their jobs.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 11/13/09 - 10:10 am
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I love the headline officers

I love the headline officers KILL. Right to the point enough said

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 11/13/09 - 10:10 am
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"Officers kill murder

"Officers kill murder suspect"- Don't you just love this headline? Doesn"t it sound like the murder suspect was just walking down the street and the officer's just killed him. Sounds like routine police work! Maybe the AC would not be having so much financial trouble if they actually hired a few english majors to proofread for the reporters.

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storiesihaveread 11/13/09 - 10:25 am
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Well you do have a lack of

Well you do have a lack of space, they wanted it to stand out and grab your attention. Caught mine

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charliemanson 11/13/09 - 10:28 am
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With a million dollars being

With a million dollars being cut from the Richmond County jail budget, the cops are going have to choose between a "box of bullets" or "jail time." I wonder which choice will win???

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raptcontemplation 11/13/09 - 10:35 am
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If you knew this guy and are

If you knew this guy and are now claiming he was "one of my best friends," and you are being all dramatic and weeping and wailing and gnashing your teeth, please keep it to yourself. Nobody wants to hear it.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 11/13/09 - 10:35 am
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I doubt the shooting was

I doubt the shooting was motivated by financial considerations.These cops had a choice to make. Do I possibly let this man cut this defenseless woman's throat or do I shoot him after repeated warnings to drop his weapon? If I were a cop that's a no-brainer. Better to drop a known creep than to risk letting an innocent woman be killed in front of her children.

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 11/13/09 - 11:39 am
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It was a Financial decision

It was a Financial decision to let this subject out on bond before. Plain and simple....

Tired of the BS
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Tired of the BS 11/13/09 - 11:48 am
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where is al sharpton????

where is al sharpton???? this has to be an injustice

rlm
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rlm 11/13/09 - 12:07 pm
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I think it is that we look at

I think it is that we look at all sides. Some call it racist, some call it justice and I call it a very sad situation. How can one man create this much conversation. This woman and her kids have to live with the horror of the man she had children with was killed in her home, the children now get to live with the horror of their father being killed in front of them, the son gets to live with the fact that he saw his mother in danger and was trying to help and now his father is dead...boy what a story so far..now lets look at the deputies...they get to investigated for protecting this woman and her family and worse than that they get to live with fact that this man died by one of their hands...now let's look at the man...sounds like he needed help along time ago..yes maybe the medical problems caused other issues and if so, he needed medical assistance to deal with this...our justice system needed to help him to by keeping him in jail rather than letting him out. Alot of ifs, should have been's and now we have a man dead, a family living with the horror and 2 deputies being questioned, second guessed and their whole lives changed by this.
A very sad sitution. God Bless to Al

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Javital 11/13/09 - 12:14 pm
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I think the officers did what

I think the officers did what they had to do, i don't think anyone will think this was a racist act, my prayers go out to the children and wife....

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