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.