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Female officer wounded, probationer killed during struggle

Monday, July 22, 2013 4:52 PM
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A female probation officer was wounded and a probationer was killed Monday when both were shot as they struggled over a gun at the state probation office in downtown Augusta.

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Law enforcement officers work at the state Probation Office at 901 Greene St. in downtown Augusta after a shooting.   TODD BENNETT/STAFF
TODD BENNETT/STAFF
Law enforcement officers work at the state Probation Office at 901 Greene St. in downtown Augusta after a shooting.

The officer was trying to take Travis Berrian, 29, of Augusta, into custody about 4:15 p.m. when the struggle began, Geor­gia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Patrick Morgan said.

The agency was called in to investigate because the office, at 901 Greene St., is a state facility, Morgan said.

The area was swarmed by Richmond County sheriff’s deputies immediately after the shooting. More than a dozen law enforcement vehicles eventually responded.

The officer was taken to Geor­gia Regents Medical Center. Mor­gan was unable to say what her condition was or describe her wounds. Her name is being withheld until the state probation office completes its internal investigation, he said.

Berrian, who had active warrants, died after the struggle.

Morgan couldn’t say who fired the gun but said at least two shots were fired.

Michael House said he was inside the building taking a class when the shooting happened.

“I heard a lot of fighting,” he said. “After that, I heard like five or six gunshots go off. They told everybody to leave. I was trying to see if it was a probation officer or a random person off the street.”

Morgan confirmed that at least 16 people were in the building at the time of the shooting.

“Everybody was taken to a secure area,” he said.

Morgan said an autopsy will be performed Wednesday morning at the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta.

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 07/22/13 - 05:59 pm
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How can this be?
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Certainly the state of Ga. has metal detectors and security for the probation office. You must realize that the probation office deals with
convicted felons and these convicts should not be allowed to enter the building without being checked. You can't get into the old courthouse without being checked just to pay your water bill or to go to the tax office and let me say I support this because of the nuts we have on the streets. Please tell me that the probation office has the same precautionary procedures to protect the dedicated probation officers that deal with these criminals everyday.

PassingOnBy
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PassingOnBy 07/22/13 - 06:49 pm
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How?

Someone grabbed a PO's or security guard's weapon, most likely.

Pops
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Pops 07/22/13 - 08:55 pm
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Just one less

repeat offender to contend with.....

unknown112
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unknown112 07/22/13 - 10:33 pm
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wow

i report there and now this has happened. i feel very unsafe and do not deserve to be placed in unsafe conditions as there. they do not have metal detectors. and any type of screening.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/22/13 - 10:49 pm
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There isn't any place that is

There isn't any place that is safe anymore. The nuts are everywhere.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/23/13 - 06:43 am
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Chaos is the child of Ignorance and Apathy
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Chaos is the child of Ignorance and Apathy

grinder48
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grinder48 07/23/13 - 07:31 am
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A FEMALE Officer
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If the officer had been male, would the AC have wtitten "Male officer wounded"? Or just "Officer wounded"? Just wondering ...

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 07/23/13 - 07:48 am
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A few questions I have.

Whose Weapon was it?

If it was the PO's weapon:
Was it holstered and grabbed, or drawn by the PO during the arrest?

Are PO's issued the same LEO holsters that prevent an easy by a player grab during a struggle?

Did the Player use the weapon on himself to avoid prison?

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 07/23/13 - 07:50 am
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Additional Background on the Player:

I knew the name rang a big bell.

An he has had more than his number of 2nd chances.
Prison is his primary or usual place of residence.

http://www.wjbf.com/story/21695995/updated-person-of-interest-sought-in-...

http://augustacrime.com/travis-berrian/

PLUS
Feb 28, 2008
Travis Lorenzo Berrian , 23, of the 2800 block of Glenn Hills Circle, aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage to property and criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark; five years in prison, followed by six years' probation, and ordered to undergo counseling, treatment and random testing, complete welding course, remain on medication and earn a general educational developmental diploma

PLUS
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/02/11/met_375292.shtml

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/23/13 - 07:52 am
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Sounds

LEO holsters make it difficult to grab a weapon away, but they won't prevent it. In a struggle with someone they could easily get into a position to try to take it away. Rather than make assumptions let's let the real story come out in it's own time and get the facts.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/23/13 - 08:00 am
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Glenn Hills Circle

That place ain't what it used to be.....when Leaves tells us about the trouble in that area....believe me..she is telling the truth.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/23/13 - 08:50 am
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Check out his history on

Check out his history on shorts post. This person is a bad person. No great loss. Hope the officer was not hurt too bad.

augrichgal
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augrichgal 07/23/13 - 09:09 am
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Only the Courthouse and RCSO

Only the Courthouse and RCSO have metal detectors. Why would the Probation Offices and Indigent Defense Offices not have them? It is the same people that use all those offices. People get disgruntled and safety should be for all not just a few.

griff6035
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griff6035 07/23/13 - 10:18 am
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Metal Detectors

Money-Money-Money unknown112 who do you report for?

toomuch
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toomuch 07/23/13 - 12:19 pm
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griff6035

I don't think unknown112 is calling himself a reporter in the media sense, but in the probationary sense... and if he is doing what he is supposed to be doing, good on him. As far as safety, either secure the place better, or move the offices to a location that is already secured.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/23/13 - 12:40 pm
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unknown112

One shooting in how many years? And now the place is "unsafe" for you to report? I can see someone is going to try to use this incident for their own personal advantage, shameful!!

Piece of advice: complete your probation successfully and then don't do anything again to be placed back on probation; then you won't have to "report to this dangerous place".

myfather15
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myfather15 07/23/13 - 12:42 pm
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You can NOT secure ANY place

You can NOT secure ANY place 100%. Ok, so you place metal detectors; what if the person decides to come in shooting, prior to reaching the metal detectors. Certainly people can take measures to make a place MORE secure; but it will never be completely secure of ANY incident.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/23/13 - 01:10 pm
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Grateful Mother

myfather, Hmmm???? Just thinkin'!

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 07/23/13 - 06:13 pm
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Budget cuts

Law abiding citizens shouldn't have to clear a metal detector to pay a water bill but thugs can hang out at the probation office and violate women. Something is VERY wrong with this picture.

T.More
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T.More 07/24/13 - 12:18 am
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What no Metal Detectors? Like I posted on the other article...

It is my understanding that Officer Warren is a very fair and good officer, but she should have never been put in this situation. Even if the probationer had a concealed weapon, that does not explain how he got it through metal detectors unless the metal detector malfunctioned or there are NO metal detectors. I saw an earlier poster on a different article regarding this matter indicate that the Probation Office and the Public Defender’s Office do not have metal detectors, but the DA’s Office, the Judges, the Jails, the Clerks, most all other branches do. This makes no sense. ALL members should be protected, just not the preferred members of the judicial system. It would seem that probation officers and attorneys that work for the State in the Public Defender’s Office would come in more contact with defendants/probationers—out on bond or those serving sentences—who might have the propensity for violence and who might be carrying a weapon. Plus, the Probation Officer and the Defense Attorney are the most likely to be delivering bad news (e.g. we have to arrest your or the negotiated plea fell through and you are looking at prison time for your offense if you enter a plea of guilty). So those bearing bad news are undoubtedly going to be the recipient of volatile reactions, which could lead to violence. This should be a WAKE UP CALL for the State and the County. Provide security for those who work for you. Instead of having 6-8 marshals at the courthouse entrance standing around send one to the Probation Office entrance and one to the Public Defender’s Office entrance and get a metal detector (even if only handheld detectors) for each facility. That should be a story for the AC and the local news to follow up on. Members of both of those offices should refuse to continue to place their lives on the line until security measures are put in place to prevent another tragedy. If some are saying this is an isolated event, I believe the Probation Office has had a prior incident that did not lead to a shooting, but led to an arrest of a probationer who had a gun in his possession, but a male officer saw it and tackled him before any harm could come to anyone.

I know a Probation Officer who works in another state in the Southeast and they have security in place to try and prevent this type of tragedy. I would imagine Ms. Warren should sue the State because this was reasonably foreseeable and could have been prevented but for the negligence of the State. That is if you can get past that whole sovereign immunity nonsense.

Will it take another violent episode with life long wounds or worse a tragedy leading to the unnecessary death of a State employee to change this, let us hope not for the loved ones of those who work in these capacities.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 07/24/13 - 03:58 pm
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"i aint not eb-bin kno why
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"i aint not eb-bin kno why dey had to kilt mah son cause he a guut boy, dey jess shot he cause jess like dey shot dat boy tray von..mah son he be pro-filed jess like dey di fo dat boy trayvon, mah child he be inn-a-cent, i needs rebberan al or brutha jessay to come down hir to mach fo mah son!!! mah son jess stot-ted to tern he life round, he was werkin on he GED so he can go to da coll-lech to stu-day bin-ness...i's gonna gits me a lah-yah and sue des whitemen sho shoot mah son cause he was a guut boy fo sho"...no need to profile just a typical thug with little or no eudcation (hence the requirement to get a GED), very little if any job skills (hence the requirement to complete the welding course), basically a 23 year old thug who probably spent more than half his life in the "system" graduating from YDC to the prison system but of course no daddy in the home, probably a product of the "gub-i-ment de welfare/foo stamp system, of course the mammy has not job skills so he grew up with little or no supervision other than the streets (mammy too busy at da club looking fo da next baby daddy to raise him) and lastly this situation lacks the so-called community/religious leaders becasue this was a clear cut case and justice was served...my deepest and most sincere prayers go out to the officer that she recovers and suffers no ill effects so she may go back to raising her family/husband and to do her thankless job of protecting the law abiding citizens from the apes, monkeys, gorillas, animals, and dregs of socieity who refuse to live within the laws and choose to rape, rob, steal, and kill...

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