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Probation officer expected to fully recover from gunshot wound

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:52 PM
Last updated Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:34 AM
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Probation Officer Sherrill Latasha Warren is expected to make a full recovery after being shot at the Augusta Probation Office on Monday.



According to a Georgia Department of Corrections news release, Warren has been with the department seven years.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate the shooting that left Warren injured and a probationer dead.

Pat Morgan, GBI special agent in charge, said the officer was attempting to take Travis Berrian, 29, into custody around 4:15 p.m. when a struggle ensued at the office at 901 Greene St. Morgan said Berrian entered the office with a concealed gun that he produced during the altercation.

Brian Owens, Georgia Department of Corrections commissioner, expressed his gratitude for the quick response from police.

“Our law enforcement partners have been a source of great support, both during and after the incident, and our appreciation for their actions goes beyond words,” Owens said in the news release.

Berrian has a history of criminal activity, including being a suspect in at least two separate homicide cases.

According to a Statesboro (Ga.) Police Department news release, Berrian was a suspect in the June 30 homicide of Michael Anthony Riley, 51, at Riley’s Statesboro home. Police had already charged four people including Terrance Ray Griswould, 28, of Augusta; Riley’s wife, Antoinette Riley; her daughter, Katrina Ledford; and Tarell Momon, who has been in prison since 1996.

The news release said Warren was attempting to place Berrian into custody for the active murder warrants when he shot her in the abdomen and he was fatally wounded.

In Richmond County, Berrian was listed as a suspect in the November 2010 double homicide of Angela Brooks, 19, and Nancy Cushman, 17. Police said the women were shot execution style in a wooded path near Twiggs Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard. Charges were never filed.

An autopsy was performed on Berrian at the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta. Morgan said the results should be made available soon.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/23/13 - 04:16 pm
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Glad to hear she'll be ok

Since the story is still developing, I'll put aside any questions.

Regarding the dead criminal.
Noting his long violence related history, at least we have 1 less issue to deal with on the streets.

curly123053
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curly123053 07/23/13 - 05:14 pm
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?

The criminal justice system failed on this case. From the look of things he should have never been out of jail. I hope the AC probes why this man was never charged in the 2 murders here. Why was such a dangerous man even walking around the streets of Augusta?
Anyway I pray the probation officer continues to recover from her wound.

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 07/23/13 - 05:40 pm
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CLARIFICATION

According to a Statesboro (Ga.) Police Department news release, Berrian was a suspect in the June 30 homicide of Michael Anthony Riley, 51, at Riley’s Statesboro home. Police had already charged four people including Terrance Ray Griswould, 28, of Augusta; Riley’s wife, Antoinette Riley; her daughter, Katrina Ledford; and Tarell Momon, who has been in prison since 1996.

How did Momon participate in Riley's murder from prison?

Grateful Ms. Warren is expected to recover and apparently used her training well to prevent anyone else harm at the center!

tom31510
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tom31510 07/23/13 - 06:05 pm
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Hand gun

I'm sure they found his gun license in his wallet. But no, he wouldn't qualify for a license; how on earth did he get a gun! My, my.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/23/13 - 06:11 pm
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Okay, TV says Berrian got

Okay, TV says Berrian got into the office with a concealed weapon. They still haven't said who shot who.

T.More
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T.More 07/23/13 - 07:31 pm
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WHAT? No Metal Detectors or Security...

Side Note: I agree with prior poster how did Momon participate from jail? Did he orchestrate it via the cell phone he undoubtedly had access to all thanks to the market for them that sees visitors, inmates and DOC officers bringing them into the facility for cash.

Now for the main purpose of my posting... 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—out on bond or serving probated sentences—who might have the propensity for violence and who might being 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. 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.

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 07/23/13 - 08:20 pm
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This link gives a little more

This link gives a little more info: http://www.statesboroherald.com/section/1/article/51794/

Alot of truth to the comment on FB stating "you have to go through 2 metal detectors to pay your water bill but a parolee can just walk right in."

corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/13 - 04:25 am
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"Did he orchestrate it via

"Did he orchestrate it via the cell phone he undoubtedly had access to all thanks to the market for them that sees visitors, inmates and DOC officers bringing them into the facility for cash."

Or maybe he made a call on the pay phones that they have. Or maybe he wrote a letter. Or maybe he told a visitor. Or maybe he had a fellow inmate contact someone.

SHEESH.

Grandpa Jones
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Grandpa Jones 07/24/13 - 05:24 am
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Glad that she will be OK.

Kind of foolish for any of these officers to think they can arrest these perps without any type of backup/help.

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Little Lamb 07/24/13 - 08:06 am
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Sting

I think I heard them intimate on TV news that police had set up a trap. They had the probation officer contact Berrian by phone and tell him to come to the probation office to clear up some kind of paperwork mistake. When Berrian got there the place was crawling with cops ready to arrest him for murder.

The trap worked this time, but it did put many people's safety in jeopardy.

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Guntoter 2 07/24/13 - 08:40 am
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WHAT GOES AROUND..COMES AROUND.

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One thing is certain. This Thug past deeds done caught up with him.. Good Riddance.

Darby
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Darby 07/24/13 - 11:16 am
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"They still haven't said who shot who."

"..... he shot her in the abdomen and he was fatally wounded."

Don't really care who shot him. I'll just chalk it up to suicide by cop unless I hear differently.

Glad to know she's gonna be alright.

T.More
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T.More 07/24/13 - 03:31 pm
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"Sheesh..."

Pay phone conversations are recorded, inmate mail is subject to being screened unless covered by attorney-client privilege, it did not say a fellow inmate was arrested for conspiracy (being an accomplice, accessory to the crime, etc.), and visits are recorded an monitored as well.

The main problem is the access to cell phones, which has a substantial market and are being brought in by visitors in ways most would rather not imagine and mainly by the big problem associated with staff and DOC officers bringing them in to supplement their income. There have been ample stories about this and that is why it is considered a felony offense, but considering it was a side note and not the main purpose of my comment I will let it rest.

I did see where there are now metal detectors in place following the incident in a news report last night. What about the Public Defender's Office now and other offices with the potential for these dangerous scenarios to unfold? I did see the GBI man on the local news last night say,"If you're coming to a probation, you're a felon. "And felons can't have guns. So you'd think that they wouldn't." That is not the best logic. Most did not follow the law to begin with and that is what got them on probation and a good portion of them have no plans of following the law while on probation that is why we have so many repeat offenders. So you really think they are not going to carry a gun just because the law says they cannot?

I pray for a speedy recovery for Officer Warren and hope these security gaps are corrected.

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rmwhitley 07/24/13 - 06:25 pm
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obama and holder

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know what's going on. Ms. Warren was picking on a poor, out of luck black felon who was just trying exercise his God-given right of freedom to kill an innocent person. Why hasn't the naacp stepped in with righteous indignation? Where's sharpie sharpton and his race baiting scumbag tail? john lewis, that stalwart derriere kissing bump on Martin Luther King's rear, where is he?

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