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Georgia Regents University officer involved in shooting returns to work

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10:31 PM
Last updated Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:01 AM
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A Georgia Regents University police officer involved in a shooting at the school’s dormitories late last month has returned to work, officials say.

GRU Director of Media Relations Christen Carter said Tuesday that Officer Wesley Martin, who was put on administrative leave after the Feb. 22 shooting at University Village on Damascus Road, has returned to work. Carter said Martin “has been reassigned to an administrative post” while the university awaits the results of an investigation by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

He was placed on paid leave for one week following the incident, Carter said.

Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Shane McDaniel said the investigation was ongoing as of Tuesday night.

According to a GRU police report, Martin responded to a noise complaint at University Village along with two other officers about 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 22.

When people began to scatter from Room 2307, Martin used his patrol vehicle to block the entrance to the complex. Donte Lavelle Stewart, 19, of Hephzibah, tried to leave the complex in a 1998 Ford Taurus.

According to the report, Martin said Stewart slowed his vehicle, observed him to be law enforcement and then accelerated. Martin estimates that he fired three shots into the front window and “several more shots” as the vehicle passed by.

Stewart, who was hit in the hand and mouth with what a sheriff’s office report described as “projectiles,” struck a tree, left the vehicle and ran through the woods to Tindon Street and Damascus Road, where he was captured. Stewart faces charges of aggravated assault on an officer.

Last week, Frederick Gibbons, who was repeatedly shocked with a stun gun by Martin during a traffic stop in 2012, filed suit in U.S. District Court.

Martin had charged Gibbons with felony obstruction of an officer, contending that Gibbons caused Martin to shock himself with a Taser. Gibbons was acquitted by Richmond County Superior Court on July 11.

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just an opinion
just an opinion 03/05/14 - 12:05 am
Shooting video was on WJBF

Can someone post it here?

Travis Highfield
Travis Highfield 03/04/14 - 11:51 pm
Different incident

That video was from a traffic stop in November 2013.

jimmymac 03/05/14 - 09:13 am

This guy has used force more in the last two years than most cops do in a career. Something is not right and GRU should take him off patrol and put him on a desk.

The Mick
The Mick 03/05/14 - 09:24 am
The GRU administration is

The GRU administration is incompetent. This officer should be kept on administrative leave until the investigation is complete. I know he is not out patrolling, but why even have him in the department until he is cleared or not cleared? Incidentally, it sure seems like this investigation is taking a long time for it to be considered a justifiable use of lethal force. I think officer Martin may have a future as a mall security guard.

Sweet son
Sweet son 03/05/14 - 12:31 pm
The Mick's Comment

"The GRU administration is incompetent." Thanks for a completely correct comment on the whole institution. We already know that Dr. Cool is questionable but what about the Public Safety administration.

Could the same be true?

galaxygrl 03/05/14 - 01:29 pm

This guy has tasked 24 people on two years and now has shot someone. He is a rest a cop waiting to make a fatal mistake. Then who will pay? He needs to go before someone gets really hurt or killed.

The Mick
The Mick 03/05/14 - 03:12 pm
I was referring to the Public

I was referring to the Public Safety Administration above. But yes I agree that the GRU administration is laughable as well!

specsta 03/05/14 - 09:55 pm
Abuse of Authority

The police in this country just get away with almost everything, don't they?

If most US citizens actually took the time to review public record documents on police abuse against citizens - they would be shocked beyond belief. Most would be too afraid to ever again venture outside their doors.

At least Augusta has a sheriff who seems to want to keep a clean house.

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