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Officer in dorm shooting still unidentified

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 6:01 PM
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Officials still have not identified the Georgia Regents University police officer who shot a student while responding to a noise complaint early Saturday.

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Georgia Regents Director of Media Relations Christen Carter said Sunday that the university will not release the officer’s name until the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office completes its investigation.

The office was called in to assist with the case because it’s officer-involved, Investigator Glen Rahn said. He said the investigation should conclude early this week and that it is typical, in his experience, to hold the name of an officer until the investigation is complete.

A GRU statement Satur­day said the officer had been put on paid administrative leave.

Public safety officers were called to University Village about 2 a.m. in response to a noise complaint, possible from a party, Georgia Re­gents Police Chief William Mc­Bride said Saturday. People fled when officers arrived.

GRU student Donte Stew­art, 19, entered a vehicle and tried to hit an officer, authorities said. 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.

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The Mick
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The Mick 02/23/14 - 10:11 pm
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Boy these GRU guys seem to

Boy these GRU guys seem to pull every weapon in their belt! Why do we read about them tasing and shooting more frequently than the area Sheriff's Departments? I mean surely there are rougher characters in parts of Augusta than college students in University Village. Almost got hit by a car but had time to recover and put 2 rounds in the student? When did GRU hire Sgt. Martin Riggs away from the LAPD?

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corgimom 02/24/14 - 12:50 am
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I bet Austin Rhodes knows who

I bet Austin Rhodes knows who got shot.

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corgimom 02/24/14 - 12:54 am
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The Mick, GRU, by definition,

The Mick, GRU, by definition, has a lot of young adults in a tightly concentrated area.

The majority of the crimes in this country are committed by males 15-25, and females 15-25 is right behind them. So yes, they are going to deal with a lot of crime.

On top of that, you have teenagers and young adults living away from home, with few responsibilities, and their newfound freedom results in lots of drinking and drugging combined with a lot of poor judgment- which results in more crimes.

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The Mick 02/24/14 - 08:51 am
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Corgimom, I certainly am not

Corgimom, I certainly am not saying college students don't make bad decisions. I know I did in college. I am just saying that this Department sure does make the paper a lot more frequently than local Sheriff's Departments who patrol much tougher areas than University Village. Oh yeah, and those areas are loaded with unemployed, minimally educated 15-25 year olds! Both male and female.

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nocnoc 02/24/14 - 09:18 am
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boodroe
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boodroe 02/24/14 - 10:15 am
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Gru shooting

The story tells who got shot Donte Stewart perhaps you mean the name of the officer who did the shooting

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augustahistorybuff 02/24/14 - 10:22 am
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The Mick

"GRU student Donte Stew­art, 19, entered a vehicle and tried to hit an officer, authorities said. The officer opened fire, striking Stewart once in the mouth and once in the hand."

The officers are taught to stop a threat toward them or a third party. We will know shortly, if this was justified or not. But, in the meantime "Mick," why not sign up for the academy, get certified, go into the street, and then end up in the same situation and let us know your opinion then.

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noway 02/24/14 - 11:09 am
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Chief

GRU should have kept the ASU Police Chief who had great relationships with the students, the officers, and the faculty and staff. Guess the bully mentality reaches the GRU Police officers too.

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