About 2 a.m., public safety officers were called to University Village on Damascus Road in response to a noise complaint, possible from a party, Georgia Regents Police Chief William McBride said. People fled when
officers arrived, he said.
GRU student Donte Stewart, 19, entered a vehicle and tried to hit an officer, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. The officer opened fire, striking Stewart once in the mouth and once in the hand. Stewart was taken to a hospital for injuries “not believed to be critical,” McBride said.
Stewart is being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.
Sheriff’s Investigator Glen Rahn said the department has been called to assist the investigation because an officer was involved.
The officer has not been identified by police but has been put on paid administrative leave, according to a GRU statement.
“We usually don’t release the name of an officer right away,” Rahn said. The name could be released “maybe Monday, but possibly sooner.”