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GBI says man aimed at deputy

Details still sketchy in struggle, shooting

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A homeless man pointed a loaded gun at a deputy, prompting a struggle that ended with the man's death, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent said Wednesday.

"He pointed his weapon at the deputy," said Michael T. Ayers, the special agent-in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Thomson bureau.

Kevin Pao, 22, had just been escorted out of Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Monday and was seated in the back seat of Richmond County Deputy Walter Garrison's cruiser.

Pao was not in handcuffs.

"This person was never under arrest," Ayers said. "He was being held under investigative detention at the time -- a very routine process in calls like this one."

When Garrison asked him whether he had a weapon, Pao pulled a gun out of a bag on his lap and pointed it at the deputy, Ayers said.

Garrison immediately drew his gun and fired at Pao, but Ayers wouldn't say where Pao was hit.

Also not disclosed is what happened during the struggle between Pao and Garrison and how many times Pao was shot.

Pao was pronounced dead by a deputy county coroner at 6:20 p.m. Monday.

Garrison, a rookie deputy who started at the sheriff's office in April, was sent to Five Guys about 5:30 p.m.

Garrison is now doing a desk job while the GBI investigates. Ayers expects the probe to be completed and ready for review by Augusta Circuit District Attorney Ashley Wright in the next few weeks.

On Wednesday morning, deputies discovered a sport utility vehicle belonging to Pao in the nearby Kroger parking lot on Washington Road. Investigators think he drove from Maryland and was living in it.

"This man was homeless, from everything we've been able to learn," Ayers said.

An autopsy was performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Augusta on Wednesday, but preliminary findings have not been released to the public.

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PrayN4U
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PrayN4U 09/08/10 - 06:07 pm
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Why would he put this guy in

Why would he put this guy in the car with a back pack, not hand cuffed and not searched? Once he was in the car why was the door left open? One report said he was reaching into his bag and now he is suppose to have the gun pointing.
My son was put into the back of a patrol car, beaten and then kicked out onto the ground. No arrests made; no charges filed.
There are to many strings not knotted in this rope. But as usual, kasarasara.

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 09/08/10 - 06:15 pm
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Policy is is null and void -

Policy is is null and void - the guy was going for a gun - everything prior to that doesnt matter.

Pao changed the rules when he made his decision and he paid the price. People blaming the deputy are a bunch of bleeding heart whackos.

disssman
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disssman 09/08/10 - 06:54 pm
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If he had a gun, was using a

If he had a gun, was using a business as a bathroom, was placed in a patrol car and tried to pull the gun out, he was no friend of mine. I remain concerned for the brave young policeman and hope he isn't feeling any remorse, because he is alive, probably because of his actions in a crisis situation. If he had shot the deputy, would he have went on a killing rampage in that area? Bottom line is if you don't want to be arrested, don't be a criminal or assume everyone is at your beck and call just because you think you have a right.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/08/10 - 06:55 pm
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Appears that it is all

Appears that it is all settled, so need to prolong your agony wondering "why".
Worry about the next shooting, it's likely already happened somewhere in Augusta.

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 09/08/10 - 07:00 pm
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I don't know about the

I don't know about the "bleeding heart whackos" comment but it was reported first that (a) the gun was in the bag, then (b) the gun was between his legs and under his shirt and now (c) he was pointing the weapon at the officer when he was shot and killed. I guess it is possible for the weapon to have ended up under his shirt and between his legs after he was killed.

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 09/08/10 - 07:03 pm
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Nice tinfoil hat.

Nice tinfoil hat.

jherring
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jherring 09/08/10 - 07:20 pm
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If the gun was found

If the gun was found "concealed under a shirt between Pao's legs" how did he point the weapon at the officer? This sounds fishy.

true2self
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true2self 09/08/10 - 07:20 pm
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It doesn't matter where the

It doesn't matter where the gun was!!! The man had a gun, the officer obviously had a reason to pull his gun on the man.The deputy did what he had to do to get home to his family that night. Its not an easy decision for deputies to have to make but they do what is necessary. I know this because I'm the wife of an officer and I would want my husband to do the same thing this officer did to come home that night. Everyone should be praying for the deputy and his family because he has to live the rest of his life knowing he killed someone.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 09/08/10 - 07:22 pm
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PrayN4U, until ALL

PrayN4U, until ALL information is released, how about suppoting those who protect and serve as it is far better to have a dead gun toating criminal than a 22 year old deputy who is serving his community. And, as for beliveing anything the newspaper, etc. reports, the first report stated there was a drive by shooting at 5-guys. The bottom line is that 5-guys restaurant called the police for help, the suspect pulled a gun on a uniformed deputy doing his job and the deputy shot and killed him. Lets just thank God the deputy was able to get the suspect out of the store and that no innocent citizens were hurt or killed. There are far to many violent criminals amongst us and the Sheriff's Office and other Law Enforcement Officers can only do so much. As for your comments on your son....I wasn't there and I doubt you were either. Our prayers and toughts are with this officer who in the course of his job had to take action.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/08/10 - 07:34 pm
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"If the gun was found

"If the gun was found "concealed under a shirt between Pao's legs" how did he point the weapon at the officer? This sounds fishy."

What's fishy about it? Why would you think it would be impossible to grab the gun out of the bag, with a tshirt on top of it, and after he was SHOT DEAD, the gun was FOUND between his legs?

It's called GRAVITY, would you expect the gun to fly up to the ceiling of the patrol car?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/08/10 - 08:01 pm
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When you point a gun at

When you point a gun at anyone be prepared to have deadly action taken against you. This answers all my questions. I'm sorry the officer had to endure this tragedy.

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 09/08/10 - 08:06 pm
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Lots of tinfoil hats round

Lots of tinfoil hats round these parts.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 09/08/10 - 08:17 pm
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I heard on a local radio

I heard on a local radio station that there was a jammed round in the gun. If that is true, the gun may have been more than just pointed at the officer and therefore, may have been an even closer brush with death for the officer than the public realizes.

Mudfish
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Mudfish 09/08/10 - 08:18 pm
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Disssman, I, like you am

Disssman, I, like you am concerned for this young deputy and his possible problems later.
I have a friend who was a seasoned deputy years ago. He had to shoot someone and after that, he had to retire from the department. It was a justified shooting but this man had a problem with killing another person.

pommom38
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pommom38 09/08/10 - 09:10 pm
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Race baiter as usual. Ok, now

Race baiter as usual.
Ok, now that we know the gbi's side of the story, can we put it to bed?? The dudes dead, the cop will go back to his duties, and can kill the next moron who decides to pull a gun.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 10/19/12 - 04:37 pm
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..

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keeanzia
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keeanzia 09/08/10 - 09:51 pm
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How many times is this story

How many times is this story going to change. Next I'm going to read that Pao chased the officer with the gun......something in the milk is not clean.

rthompson399
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rthompson399 09/08/10 - 09:53 pm
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I think race in this

I think race in this situation should not be a factor. It seems no matter the outcome you people will always find fault in the justified. Put yourself in the deputies shoes. Would you have done anything different. Remember he wasn't called out to an altercation. The guy was only bathing in a public restroom... where was the threat in that? I can easily see how this situation unfolded. I totally agree with "Augusta Citizen". Job well done Deputy Garrison!!!!

JackBootedThug
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JackBootedThug 09/08/10 - 09:57 pm
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Deputies often have a suspect

Deputies often have a suspect sit in the car with their feet out on the ground while they talk to them. This gives the deputy a safe advantage while questioning a suspect. You don't generally handcuff a suspect when you are just asking questions. Let's all remember the original purpose of the call to deputies: the guy was bathing in the bathroom of a restaurant and they wanted him out. The deputy probably deals with this sort of thing on a daily basis. Sometimes they sit them on the curb to do the talkiing, sometimes they sit them in the back seat of the car with the door open and their feet out. It sounds like the deputy followed procedure and did what he had to do. I hate anyone died but better the perp than the deputy.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/08/10 - 10:13 pm
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This will end as soon as

This will end as soon as another event happens that the Mind readers find juicy, they will then dissect that one to death.. No shame at all, huh?

Justin4466
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Justin4466 09/08/10 - 10:24 pm
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Can we all agree that this

Can we all agree that this officer missed a class in training? Handcuff first, search second, then place in car and by all means don't let them take something in the back seat. Maybe we need to pay more taxes to get a higher caliber of police or provide them with a higher caliber of training.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/08/10 - 11:09 pm
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Justin4466, I don't agree

Justin4466, I don't agree with that. The officer sat the man in the car with the door open while he stood talking to this man who had not committed any crime. The man, for whatever reason (drugs, insanity, language problem or misunderstanding), took a gun out of his bag and pointed it at the officer. Any sane person with a weapon would have fired at someone pointing a gun at him/her. It doesn't even have to be a police officer.

When I see something wrong with police actions such as the Elmore shooting or high speed chases, I never hesitate to comment even if it angers some of my friends and readers. I don't always go along, but this case deserves nothing but our compassion for the officer. The GBI has quickly given us an opinion, something they haven't always done.

When you comment in a truthful way about all matters you keep credibility when it matters such as now. Two Chronicle "writers" told me as much even though neither of them "went against the grain" back then. So there is a role for the anonymous poster.

believe
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believe 09/08/10 - 11:09 pm
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I don't envy Deputy Garrison

I don't envy Deputy Garrison for what he HAD to do, but I do envy his position as a law enforcement officer. I would give anything to be an officer now a days. I'm sure there would be a lot less crime if we had more officers like Garrison. I pray Deputy Garrison, that you have peace in your heart after having been put in that situation because of another piece of scum that was roaming our streets.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/08/10 - 11:16 pm
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Believe, you can arm yourself

Believe, you can arm yourself and take action if your life is threatened which is what you mean, I'm sure.

greolly
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greolly 09/09/10 - 12:38 am
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GEORGIA LAW 16-3-21 states: a

GEORGIA LAW 16-3-21 states: a person can use deadly force when he/she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to defend himself/herself or a third person against great bodily harm or death and to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. Yes the officer should have searched the guy but WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. END OF STORY.

Blackeyes
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Blackeyes 09/09/10 - 12:51 am
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What a mess Augusta would be

What a mess Augusta would be in if we didn't have deputys like Garrison! He was just doing his job, and yes, I too have seen them just sit people in the patrol car to talk with them. We had to call the law quite often at my place of work because of "street people"! Thank goodness we have men and women that take the job to protect us!

moonlighter6
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moonlighter6 09/09/10 - 02:03 am
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LISTEN ATTENTIVELY: If you
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LISTEN ATTENTIVELY: If you are ever confronted by a police officer for any reason. Immediately divulge any article, by voice with hands empty in plain view, that you are carrying what may be considered a weapon, toy guns included. Being profiled? Being harrassed? Maybe even mis-identified as a wanted criminal? The main objective is to live to see a day in court to express any complaint you may have with the officer. If you lose rightly or wrongly you are still breathing!

moonlighter6
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moonlighter6 09/09/10 - 02:18 am
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Most likely Deputy Garrison
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Most likely Deputy Garrison will be exonerated from any prosecution, and rightly so based on the basic media information.

grouse
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grouse 09/09/10 - 02:36 am
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"When Garrison asked him
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"When Garrison asked him whether he had a weapon, Pao pulled a gun out of a bag on his lap and pointed it at the deputy, Ayers said." Was he complying but too stupid or mentally ill not to know not to point it at the officer? Could not the bag have been checked by the officer or the guy patted down? I don't walk an officer hurt or killed...but there needs to be more to this story, the guy's demeanor, what was said, etc.

moonlighter6
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moonlighter6 09/09/10 - 04:11 am
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Carrying a weapon whether
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Carrying a weapon whether sane, stupid, or mentality ill requires cautious actions. The officer's actions will be scrutinzed and reviewed by his employer(s), the public, and himself for the rest of his life. If a relgious man, he will answer for them yet again!

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