Man shot by deputy named

Shooting occurred in back of 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.

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

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.

Police shooting rate high
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.