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Police investigate officer-involved shooting at GRU

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 12:38 PM
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A student is facing charges after an officer-involved shooting that happened at Georgia Regents University dormitories early Saturday.

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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.”

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 02/22/14 - 02:07 pm
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Wondering outloud

did they take away someones Tazer away and give him a pistol?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/22/14 - 02:58 pm
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I guess I need clarification

I guess I need clarification of "nearly hitting".....otherwise this kid was shot for the terrible crime of running away from being rousted for being at a loud party. On the surface it sounds a little over zealous.

God save America
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God save America 02/22/14 - 03:15 pm
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gru police

it's kind of hard to use a tazer on a car that could run over you. if the driver wasen't doing anything wrong why not stop for the police

burninater
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burninater 02/22/14 - 03:18 pm
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"I guess I need clarification

"I guess I need clarification of "nearly hitting"."
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Exactly. If I were standing in the sidewalk and you drove by on the street, I could claim you "nearly hit" me.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/22/14 - 03:36 pm
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"nearly hitting" can be " the

"nearly hitting" can be " the only thing that saved the officer's life is that he managed to jump away"

No, somebody that was driving on the street doesn't nearly hit somebody walking on a sidewalk.

burninater
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burninater 02/22/14 - 03:47 pm
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"No, somebody that was

"No, somebody that was driving on the street doesn't nearly hit somebody walking on a sidewalk."
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If you are on the street side of a sidewalk, you can be within two or three feet of a passing car.

If you said "that car was three feet from hitting me," you could claim the driver "nearly hit" you. If a police officer especially made that claim, people would tend to not even question it.

But as you say corgi, in some cases we consider a mere two or three feet of separation between a speeding vehicle and a pedestrian to be completely normal, and that the person WASN'T nearly hit -- even though the car was only three feet away.

That's why dichotomy's call for clarification is completely valid. If the officer had to jump out of the way, as you suggest, then it's an entirely different circumstance. You would expect that such a pertinent detail would have been voiced, if it were actually the case.

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 02/22/14 - 04:18 pm
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WOW...

Wow, the cop was so quick that he dodged the car, pulled out his weapon, aimed and shot the guy in this moving car that had just "almost" struck him? Yeah Right!!?!! Freaking SEAL Team 6 could barely do all that. Unnamed RoboCop....lol.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/22/14 - 04:21 pm
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"You would expect that such a

"You would expect that such a pertinent detail would have been voiced, if it were actually the case."

Whether it was actually the case or not, I do believe it's a known fact that articles don't always include pertinent details. Sometimes it takes the second or third update before we actually know what happened. Sometimes we never do. Hopefully in this case more details will be published because as it stands right now, blame or should I say justification can not really be established.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 02/22/14 - 05:47 pm
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New police policy

The police cannot shoot at a moving vehicle that "nearly hits" an officer unless the officer sacrifices him or herself by getting ht by the vehicle. The policy should also dictate that other officers cannot shoot at the car until they have established that the condition of the officer is serious enough to warrant the use deadly force. That way there will be no questions as to the intent of the driver. If an officer allows themselves to get hit by the car, we can absolutely determine the intent of the driver. Because we all know that an officer is unable to pull his weapon while attempting to get out of harms way, right? Or else they'd be Seal Team 6, right? No way an officer can move and shoot, right?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 02/22/14 - 08:07 pm
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Sorry GSA , you missed the inside joke.

A while back a GRU police officer was found to have over used his TAZER and embellish the facts regarding that incident.

In fact he went after a certain person so vindictively the Jury tossed the case in minutes...

It is kind of an inside joke regarding GRU off campus arrests.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2013-07-11/hephzibah-man-...

Pops
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Pops 02/22/14 - 08:28 pm
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I wonder if lil Donte

is a student at GRU. 2 a.m. is a little late for a middle schooler to be out. His mother and father should be very upset. Bet they are gonna want "justice".

sawgrass
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sawgrass 02/22/14 - 10:04 pm
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dichotomy

I agree with "God save America". If you are given a lawful command to stop and make the decision to do otherwise, you place yourself in a compromising situation. You should stop when told by law enforcement to stop. If you are not guilty of anything, why not obey their command?

burninater
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burninater 02/22/14 - 10:19 pm
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Sawgrass, a police officer

Sawgrass, a police officer does not have the legal right to use lethal force to stop a fleeing suspect, unless that suspect is believed to represent a "significant threat of death or serious bodily harm to the officer or others" (Tennessee v. Garner, 1985).

They updated the article to indicate he was charged with "aggravated assault", which in Georgia includes assault with a deadly weapon and/or intent to murder, which would certainly meet the lethal force standard.

sawgrass
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sawgrass 02/22/14 - 10:28 pm
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burninater

GRU student Donte Stew­art, 19, entered a vehicle and tried to hit an officer, according to the Richmond County Sher­iff’s Office.

I would think this sort of assault would warrant use of deadly force.

burninater
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burninater 02/22/14 - 11:13 pm
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Yes, that's what I just said

Yes, that's what I just said ...

My first sentence in that last comment there is just to point out that simply fleeing does NOT justify the use of lethal force by an officer. There has to be the added component of an immediate threat to life and limb.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 02/22/14 - 11:27 pm
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I may not be Ben Matlock...

I may not be Ben Matlock... but there is a new Holiday Inn Express being built on Broad Street!

specsta
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specsta 02/23/14 - 03:15 am
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Time To Reign Them In

Wow, so now the "Barney Fife" GRU police are now whipping out Glocks and shooting people?

Let me get this straight. This campus cop felt so threatened by a car that he was willing to kill the occupant? Willing to take the life of another human being, a teenager who might not have even seen the cop, since they are all dressed in black, and it's at night?

GRU police have become too emboldened since Sheriff Roundtree gave them a little more power. But with power comes responsibility, as Stan Lee would say. Bullying drivers on 15th Street and now shooting folks in cars just means they've gotten too big for their britches.

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 02/23/14 - 06:58 am
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Placing the blame

Lets not place the blame on anyone just yet. I am sure the facts will come out. It takes a little while to sort things out. I wonder if the parents or relatives of the one who was shot will wait to hire a lawyer or go on with the certain lawsuit. Feds may want to get involved too. Civil rights violation you know.

myfather15
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myfather15 02/23/14 - 07:59 am
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We need FAR more details to

We need FAR more details to make an informed opinion on this! Wait until more details are given!!

But, police ARE supposed to get out of the way of a moving vehicle coming at them!! A vehicle in motion, will NOT immediately stop, just because you shoot the driver!! So your life is still in danger!! Make every attempt to get out of the way FIRST!!

But, as Burninator stated; if he DID attempt to intentionally run over the officer, then one COULD articulate that he is a danger to the public. But MUCH more detail would be needed to really give an educated opinion on this!!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/23/14 - 08:38 am
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I assume the student will be

I assume the student will be expelled from GRU. Who needs violent youths with no regard for any authority in any school. I don't understand all the scrutiny towards the police officer and sympathy for a student who clearly in the wrong for criminal assault. He is lucky he isn't dead.

Bulldog
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Bulldog 02/23/14 - 09:49 am
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Bad writing

"GRU student Donte Stew­art, 19, entered a vehicle and tried to hit an officer, according to the Richmond County Sher­iff’s Office."
He entered a vehicle... Does that mean that we got into the drivers seat, started the car and attempted to "ram" the officer or does it mean that he entered the patrol car and attempted to strike the officer with his fist/object? The article is not clear...

rebellious
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rebellious 02/23/14 - 10:49 am
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So poorly written

as to wonder if it would have been better left on the editing floor!
Entered a vehicle AND tried to hit an officer... Are these separate events? Did he try to hit the officer WITH the vehicle, or rather after entering the vehicle take a jab at an officer reaching in the driver's window?

And shot in the mouth? What does that mean? If shot in the mouth, shouldn't the bullet exit through the brain? Or was it a fluke whereby the bullet entered the left side of the cheek, passed over and under teeth, then exited the right side cheek?

If the reader has more questions after reading an article than they had after reading the headline, that's a do-over.

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 02/23/14 - 11:41 am
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Campus Police...

Campus Police should remain on campus and NOT be allowed to carry guns. Give them radios and let the REAL police make the arrests. Protect and serve these days means that Police protect their budgets and serve themselves.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 02/23/14 - 12:34 pm
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Campus Police

Navy Gary, the University Village belongs for GRU, as does the athletic complex. The GRU Police handle calls on their property, and they are well within the law to do so. They are REAL police; they have the same state certification as other "real" police; municipal departments and sheriff's offices. If you think there is no need for campus police at universities and local BOEs, you need to pull your head out of the sand. There are REAL criminals and REAL crimes on university campuses.

pictureperfect77
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pictureperfect77 02/23/14 - 01:05 pm
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Navy Gary: Campus police

Navy Gary: Campus police should have the same right to carry a gun just like any other police officer. They have gone to the police academy and many have experience working as county or city police officers but choose to work at GRU for the benefits you don't get in those areas. Think back to campus related school shootings. Wouldn't you want the first responders to carry guns? Even school resource officers carry guns in elementary schools. To say that campus officers are not real officers is extremely inaccurate and foolish to say. If you were a student at GRU I am sure you would feel safer having these officers around that are TRAINED to respond to these kinds of situations. They should be able to protect themselves and other students from harm without people like you questioning their motives.

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 02/23/14 - 02:16 pm
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B/S

A police officer should never shoot at an unarmed person PERIOD. If you want a safe job, go work at the day care. I'm sick and tired of "peace officers" getting the benefit of the doubt over citizens in every instance. It seems all a cop has to do is "say" something happened and it's automatically believed. Cops lie, cops cheat and cops steal. They are no better than anyone else. If this man had "pointed his car" at one of us and we had shot him, we'd be in jail right now, CHARGED.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/23/14 - 02:32 pm
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Navy Gary, yes, that makes

Navy Gary, yes, that makes perfect sense.

Perhaps you weren't around when Alfaigo Davis got shot, that happened in just a couple of seconds.

As for the police not shooting at an unarmed person, that is absurd. A car is a deadly weapon just like a gun.

No police officer is required to sacrifice their safety or their life, they have the right to defend themselves when somebody is trying to kill them.

Just like YOU, Navy Gary. Or don't you think police officers have Constitutional and legal rights, too?

Because if somebody tried to run you down, and you were armed, oh yeah, I think you'd shoot them too. I sure would. And no, you wouldn't be in jail CHARGED.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 02/23/14 - 02:44 pm
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Well if it ain't wille lee

Well if it ain't wille lee reincarnate.... (SMH)

gargoyle
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gargoyle 02/23/14 - 02:57 pm
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A argument for restricting

A argument for restricting the GRU Police powers would be should any entity beside APD have those powers. Would every one be comfortable if Home owner associations or gated communities or for that matter businesses have powers to investigate and arrest . Every Government agency and fiefdom wants those powers and can give excuses why they should have the powers but when given self serving abuse seems to follow . The Penn State Sandusky incident went really wrong when Campus police couldn't or wouldn't investigate or turn over information to a outside police agency . If the powers that be feel the GRU campus is unsafe maybe its time for them to contract with the APD to have extra officers on the premise's .

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 02/23/14 - 07:15 pm
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Campus Police all across

Campus Police all across America do a great job. They are certified officers, receive the same (or in many cases more training) than deputies and officers from other agencies receive. Campus Police should certainly be armed and in many cases have saved lives because of their training and weapons they have access too.

You can't compare a LEO to a citizen either. Citizens have the option of ignoring crimes when they occur, are not obligated to stop criminals, are not required to chase them down, nor must the enter buildings where gunfire is active. If a person drives a vehicle towards an armed officer displaying a firearm, there is a reason and the officer not only has a right to defend himself but a duty to stop the individual.

As for NEVER shooting an unarmed person, that is pure hogwash and show lack of knowledge. An officer on a traffic stop has someone 3 times his/her strength approaching him, draws his weapon and orders them to stop and yet they continue to approach - you expect the officer not to shoot and allow the suspect to possibly overpower the officer and gain access to his weapon.

Officers are not perfect, they are human but they most certainly do deserve the benefit of the doubt, our appreciation for their service and our full support when they are enforcing the laws we have asked them to enforce. Police across America save many lives on a daily basis and they are forced to make split second life & death decisions. Being a law abiding citizen & following the lawful commands of an officer will ensure that no force is used, non-lethal or lethal.

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