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Richmond County Sheriff's Deputy Walter Garrison remains on administrative duties pending the outcome of an investigation into the Monday shooting death of Kevin Brayano Pao, a 22-year-old Rockville, Md., man.

Garrison, 32, was responding to a complaint that Pao was using the Five Guys Burgers and Fries restroom to bathe himself, and he escorted Pao to the back of his patrol car.

In the back of the car, Pao, who was not handcuffed, reached into a bag and a struggle ensued, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent-in-Charge Pat Morgan.

During the struggle, Garrison shot Pao in the chest, and Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald pronounced him dead at the scene about 6:20 p.m.

A semiautomatic handgun was found concealed under a shirt between Pao's legs, Morgan said.

"It appeared that he'd removed (the gun) from the bag it was in," Morgan said. "We could tell there had been a struggle in the back seat."

Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength identified Garrison but referred all questions to the GBI, which is handling the investigation.

Garrison received his police officer certification April 20, according to Ryan Powell, the 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.

Once the investigation is finished, the GBI will turn the results over to the Richmond County District Attorney's office for review, Morgan said.

Little is known about Pao, who law enforcement said Monday was homeless.

In the only previous incident Maryland court records reveal, 6-foot, 185-pound Pao was cited in Rockville in March for failure to obey a traffic signal, but the charge was dismissed in May.

"He had somehow ended up down in our area; we don't know how at this point," Morgan said.

Five Guys personnel had contacted law enforcement previously about Pao and were instructed to call the next time he came in, the agent said.

A Five Guys manager said Tuesday he couldn't speak about the incident.

"It all happened outside and nobody knows anything," he said.

The shooting is the sixth -- the fifth fatal one -- involving a Richmond County officer since 2008.

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bone1
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bone1 09/08/10 - 05:29 am
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this doesn't sound too

this doesn't sound too far-fetched, but i do have a question: did the officer shoot the suspect with the concealed weapon of did the officer use his department-issue gun?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/08/10 - 06:09 am
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Well, all of the information

Well, all of the information I have is from the television and this site. From what little has been revealed, I don't see how the officer could have acted any better under these circumstances.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/08/10 - 06:29 am
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Good luck Deputy. Hurry

Good luck Deputy. Hurry back.

DOCBMORE
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DOCBMORE 09/08/10 - 06:58 am
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The officer did not use SOP

The officer did not use SOP and allowed himself as well as other to be put in danger. If this was a darker fellow downtown or on the southside the officer would have treated him as a criminal first and frisked and cuffed if he was breaking the law. Since when is it a crime to was your A(*& in the restroom.

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Riverman1 09/08/10 - 07:48 am
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The officer was trying to be

The officer was trying to be a nice guy with this deranged person it appears. The killing was justified even if the officer made errors in police procedures.

A friend, Gil, I played high school football with became a cop and was called to where a one armed man was lying in the street drunk. He placed him in the car without handcuffing him (there is a technique for handcuffing one armed suspects to their belt in back) and the man somehow grabbed Gil's gun and shot him in the back paralyzing Gil for the rest of his life.

nadps53jrt
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nadps53jrt 09/08/10 - 08:04 am
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DOCBMORE, just where does it

DOCBMORE, just where does it say that the suspect was white or black?

Fawkes
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Fawkes 09/08/10 - 08:19 am
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So he gets light duty for a

So he gets light duty for a few weeks.

Last time I was stopped and put in a police car for walking down Wrightsboro Rd, they searched me fairly well before I spent ~20mins being questioned about being drunk, personal information, what gang I was in and my drug use. Then they let me finish walking to the store.

grouse
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grouse 09/08/10 - 08:43 am
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But guns don't kill people,
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But guns don't kill people, doncha know...at least according to some of you here....

RAWR
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RAWR 09/08/10 - 09:25 am
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Silly liberal, they don't

Silly liberal, they don't kill people. They are tools that require a person to activate a mechanism that will cause them to fire.

BennyS
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BennyS 09/08/10 - 09:30 am
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Is it not common practice for

Is it not common practice for an officer to search a suspect and his belongings before he is put into a deputies car? They also handcuff them from what the law says for both of their protection. and by the way... shut up grouse!

Fawkes
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Fawkes 09/08/10 - 09:34 am
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BennyS I am not sure of their

BennyS I am not sure of their process, but if thats the case then he didnt follow the process, causing the death of a man, possible liability that would cost taxpayers, and could have caused danger to himself and those in the area.

If thats the process and he didnt follow it then he should be out of a job at the least.

Newsreader
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Newsreader 09/08/10 - 09:37 am
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It seems strange to me that

It seems strange to me that several bloggers want to accept this as "justified" when we do not know all of the facts. My concern is not so much how this incident happened, but how to prevent from happening again. Washing your homeless self in a public restroom is not a capital offense. Having a gun in bag of personal items is not a capital offense. Presenting and pointing a gun in public is not a capital offense. However, not telling a Deputy that you have a gun and allowing him to take control of it when being questioned is a capital offense. No matter how long (or short) your time on the force is, your training will take over when you see a subject reaching for something inside a bag, and further when you see something that even looks like a gun. These incidents are split second actions, and there is not time for the officer to think it through, he or she must react to protect themselves. As I said earlier, officer safety is public safety. Justification regarding the actions of a officer when they are protecting the citizens, and are put in jeoporady by a subject is a very clear line. DO NOT PRESENT A WEAPON, or cause the officer to think you are about to present a weapon, and follow the commands of an officer when they are "conducting business". However, guidelines and procedures should be in place that may have prevented this incident and should be strengthened to prevent this type of scenerio reaching a lethal conclusion in the future. Lethal could mean the subject or the officer, and I want both of them to survive.
We do not have the facts and we can only assume that there is evidence to justify the actions of Deputy Garrison. However, the citizens have a right to know that their Deputy Sheriffs are not taking on unnecessary risk, nor are they endangering suspects in nonvoilent misdemeanor crimes. I'm not saying what happened at Five Guys is unjustified, just preventable. How did a compliant subject come to draw a weapon on a officer, and why did he still have the bag in the back of the patrol car.

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maggiemae 09/08/10 - 09:48 am
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The liberals are out in full

The liberals are out in full force as usually happens when a policeman is involved. Remember Michael Stephenson killed, at GHS ?) three years ago while trying to do his job.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/08/10 - 09:56 am
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I hope that you are willing

I hope that you are willing to be subjected to the same critique if you happen to be involved in a tragedy. Taking a report that can't possibly give the whole story and adding your own assumptions is unjust and unfair.

larrym
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larrym 09/08/10 - 10:32 am
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All points well taken....For

All points well taken....For me Police officers, EMTs, Firemen, School teachers/staff, soldiers and professional counselors/social workers are all underpaid and at times not appreciated for the role these individuals play in our society. Our Police Officers, EMT's, Soldiers and Firemen may not make home when they go to work. School teachers, social workers, and professional counselors deal with people and students and are subject to potential abuse. I remember when school teachers could blister you bottom and then when you got home you got it again. That usaully kept the classroom in order. God Bless Mr. Waters at Tutt Jr high back in the 70's for keeping his students in line.

The police officer did his job, period. I hate the situation happened but what else was this police officer suppose to do?

My point is simple, leave the officer in question alone. I see no wrong doing here. We can all second quess it but if you play and mess around with the law officers these things can happen. Tragic for all parties involved but it is reality.

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laprince 09/08/10 - 10:37 am
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This officer was hired in May

This officer was hired in May and has been running around West Augusta like Robo Cop ever since.. Somebody needs to check his character before letting him back on the street. I've heard of some other incidents concerning this officers behavior. I believe he should have took that bag and hand-cuffed the guy.

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jherring 09/08/10 - 10:50 am
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How about the media giving

How about the media giving some information on Mr. Garrison's background since & before he joined the police force. If he failed to follow police procedure he should be terminated because this resulted in the death of Mr. Pao.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/08/10 - 10:54 am
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Uh oh... Another grudge

Uh oh... Another grudge against law enforcement.... I've heard...? Yeah we hears lots of stuff, don't make it so.

jherring..Did you ever think about giving Pao a place to bathe. Evidently you know him well.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/08/10 - 10:59 am
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I don't want to be

I don't want to be mean-spirited although I often am. We hear of good deeds now and then...good Samaritans who offer help to the unfortunate. I wonder if those who knew this man was having to bathe in a public restroom (at least he was attempting to stay clean) ever gave a thought to ask the man if he had a place to stay, any food. Just wondering.

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KingJames 09/08/10 - 11:37 am
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Maggiemae, incidents like the

Maggiemae, incidents like the one involving Michael Stephenson at Jamestown Elementary School should have been an example to all deputies to search anyone they plan to put in the back of a patrol car. I'm always on the side of law enforcement, but I really think had Deputy Garrison searched Pao, this would not have happened. I don't think Garrison should lose his job for this mistake. He didn't force Pao to reach for the gun. Garrison simply made a mistake, and now realizes he could have lost his own life instead of Pao. That has to be a tough lesson to learn, but I think it will make Garrison a better deputy in the long run.

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grouse 09/08/10 - 11:39 am
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RAWR: silly
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RAWR: silly conservative...guns were invented to kill living things.

Darby
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Darby 09/08/10 - 11:44 am
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Newsreader - Did you really

Newsreader - Did you really mean to suggest that it is a death penalty crime to point a gun at a police officer? I accept the fact that it could be construed that way in this particular case, but I tend to get "hung up" on proper definitions..... CAPITAL OFFENSE n. any criminal charge which is punishable by the death penalty... Just asking....

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 09/08/10 - 11:45 am
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Grouse, Silly lib! It's the

Grouse, Silly lib! It's the "living things," people who do the killing! Why is this so hard for silly liberals to understand? Test my statement! Get a gun, load it, put it in your attic, or somewhere where no one can touch it, and tell me how many people it kills after it has been there for say, twenty, or thirty years! Do you Silly libs get that now, Grouse? Guns don't kill people! People kill people!

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Little Lamb 09/08/10 - 11:58 am
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Actually, it's the bullets

Actually, it's the bullets that do the killing.

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Willow Bailey 09/08/10 - 12:09 pm
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King James, excellent post.

King James, excellent post.

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lsmith 09/08/10 - 12:19 pm
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Little Lamb: you're wasting
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Little Lamb: you're wasting your effort on grouse. Libs are intellectually superior dontchaknow?

I'm sure the GBI report will shed some daylight on the incident and then the fingerpointing can begin in earnest.

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ruudvonbaron 09/08/10 - 12:22 pm
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If you don't want the police

If you don't want the police to shoot you then tell them you have a weapon on your person when they confront you and certainly don't reach into a bag......even if it is for a french fry. It is called personal responsibility. Of course if you don't try to bathe in a public restroom in a private establishment then you probably won't be confronted by police to begin with.

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ArmedandLegal 09/08/10 - 04:34 pm
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"But guns don't kill people,

"But guns don't kill people, doncha know...at least according to some of you here...."

Well I suppose we should ban cars as well. Cause you know, cars kill people all the time.

"If he failed to follow police procedure he should be terminated because this resulted in the death of Mr. Pao."

So he used jedi-mind control to force Pao to reach for the gun? Living with the fact he has killed someone is punishment enough.

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maggiemae 09/08/10 - 04:48 pm
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Armed..death caused by cars

Armed..death caused by cars are as a rule, accidents. Not so with guns, those are usually deliberate acts. Lots of difference - or it just me,??
This conversation isn't going anyplace.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/08/10 - 04:43 pm
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The rules are simple. When

The rules are simple. When an officer of the law give you an order, follow it!

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