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Animals involved in most Richmond County police shootings in 2011

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About 500 Richmond Coun­ty sheriff’s employees have guns. Last year, 26 pulled the trigger while on duty.



Most of their targets were animals.

According to 2011’s Use of Weapon reports, deputies pulled a weapon and fired in 23 incidents during the year. Sixteen cases involved animals.

Deputies were often called for vicious dogs or injured animals that had been hit on the road. Some of the bullets were used to put the animals down, and others were fired to scare them until Animal Control could arrive.

That April, a deputy shot a goat that had been attacked by dogs. At Animal Control’s request, the deputy fired one round into the head of the goat, which had a detached lower jaw and numerous head injuries.

Last year, deputies shot at 12 dogs, three deer, one goat, one vehicle and six suspects.

All of the suspects pulled weapons on officers before shots were fired.

David Dawkins, 24, died after being shot by a deputy Feb. 10, less than 20 days after his release from prison.

Deputy Bill Walker had pulled over a stolen vehicle and was trying to make an arrest when Dawkins pulled a pistol and pointed it at the deputy. Walker fired three shots.

After firing a weapon, all employees are required to file the Use of Weapon report, which goes to internal affairs for review.

Lt. Pat Young said the shooter in any incident that does not involve an animal must go through remedial firearm training as a precaution.

In October, four officers were involved in a shooting after a man threatened to kill himself with a bomb at his home on Scenic Drive. Officers fired several shots to disable the man’s vehicle.

Col. Gary Powell said an officer’s judgment is rarely an issue in gun incidents.

“They’re well-trained,” he said.

No accidental discharges of guns were recorded in 2011.

In 2010, four of the 24 Use of Weapon reports involved accidental discharges.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/20/12 - 03:51 pm
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120,000 Calls

Another poster commented that she had heard there were 120,000 incidents and calls that resulted in police cars being dispatched, although she wasn't sure of the time frame. For that many officers to have responded to incidents there were few arrests it seems to me.

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countyman 07/20/12 - 05:16 pm
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When people don't like the

When people don't like the positive stats on here they really start to reach for draws... From mentioning crimes that weren't reported to the consolidation of Richmond County... Even though the majority of FBI stats are based on the metro's(MSA) of each city...

Then it's not fair to compare Augusta/RC vs other cities(city limits)... I agree it's not, but Richmond County is still safer when comparing the counties head up...

People even try bringing up the consolidation of Columbus, and try comparing it against Augusta.. When the city of Columbus is consolidated with the entire county, and Richmond county isn't(Hephzibah & Blythe).. They mention the population figures to try and make it seem Augusta was small (44k) compared to Columbus(154k) before consolidation(154k)... They obviously didn't tell people on here the city of Augusta was only the CBD, Medical District, etc... While the city of Columbus already included the much further our residential areas...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/20/12 - 05:48 pm
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Countyman, It's Like your Durham-Augusta Comparison

The greatest thing to ever happen to Augusta as far as crime statistics was consolidation. I have shown the problem with crime stats of consolidated city-counties with mainly suburban populations it's tiring.

Durham has an urban, city, population of 188,000 with the rest of the county being 40,000. Richmond County is almost the exact opposite with the population of the city before consolidation being 44,000.

The simple fact is urban populations have more crime than suburban populations. Since Richmond Cty is mostly suburban population, it should have a much lower crime rate....it doesn't.

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countyman 07/20/12 - 06:58 pm
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It doesn't matter if Augusta

It doesn't matter if Augusta or Richmond county is less urban than Durham or Durham county. The FBI crime stats the CVB of Durham used to compare the city against it's national and regional peers. They clearly say the violent crime rate of Augusta/RC is lower compared to Durham county. Which means the violent crime rate of Richmond County(Hephzibah & Blythe included) is even lower than Durham county.

Violent crime rate
Augusta/RC 503
Durham county 607
Durham city 707

The city of Durham population is 229k, and takes up 95 square miles.. The population of the entire county is 267k people, and 298 square miles. Why are you comparing 95 sq. mi. against the old city limits of Augusta?

Several cities across the US are much further ahead in terms of 'city' living... Neighborhoods/areas in the urban core who are richer and have 'better schools'(test scores) compared to the cities/towns in the suburbs/exurbs...

The CVB of Durham is smart to compare the city against it's peer group.. I know some people get mad when I compare our crime stats, etc versus other cities, but you have to do this in order to succeed.. How can you become the best if you don't know your opponents ranking?

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Riverman1 07/20/12 - 08:12 pm
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Told ya!!!

Told ya!!!

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