Suspect in officer-involved shooting at GRU released on bond

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:07 AM
Last updated Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7:59 PM
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A Hephzibah man accused of attempting to run over a Georgia Regents University police officer during last month’s shooting was released on bond Monday evening, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

GRU student Donte Lavelle Stewart, 19, has been charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor obstruction of a law enforcement officer, according to Richmond County jail records.

Stewart was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on Monday.

According to a GRU police report, Officer Wesley 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. Stewart then attempted 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.

Martin was placed on paid leave for one week following the incident, GRU Director of Media Relations Christen Carter said last week. He has been reassigned to an administrative post while the university awaits the results of an investigation by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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just an opinion
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just an opinion 03/11/14 - 06:10 am
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Law Enforcement officials help me out here

Remember this wasn't a bank robbery suspect or jail escapee, it was loud music at a college dorm. Why would you shoot three (3) times into the windshield instead of getting out of the way and then just chase the kid instead? Then after not killing the kid because of your bad shooting through the windshield why do you continue to fire "several more shots" after the car passes you? Are you still in harms way at that point? ( I support strong law enforcement I just need some clarification pls)

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/11/14 - 07:26 am
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Seems both over reacted and

Seems both over reacted and in the wrong to some degree doesn't it? I mean if police tell you to stop and if they shoot at you definitely stop and don't then run away again. But an officer shouldn't have shot his gun and they still could have arrested him.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/11/14 - 07:27 am
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Clarification

The officer has a history of not being in control of his actions. He certainly put bystanders in harms way with his wild shooting.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/11/14 - 07:39 am
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The day an officer gets to

The day an officer gets to finally shoot someone is what most cops dream about, ever since they were little boys.

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 03/11/14 - 07:39 am
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Noise Complaint...

A noise complaint and someone ends up getting shot...lol. Wonder if the shots were louder than the music?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/11/14 - 07:52 am
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Well the officer seems to

Well the officer seems to over react a lot with the taser and gun.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/11/14 - 08:02 am
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Yea, I'm wondering when they

Yea, I'm wondering when they will dump Barney. They need to take his taser and issue one bullet that he must keep in his shirt pocket.

dickworth1
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dickworth1 03/11/14 - 08:24 am
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What!
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If you try to run over me, I would do the same thing! How can you say it was just loud music or an over reaction, the guy did not obey the officers directions and tried to run over him. What would you do? If you would not do anything than you don't need to be in law enforcement. Well the criminals seem to over react and then try to get public sentiment, the fact is he tried to run over the man and regardless of whether he is authority or not, this guy committed an attempt to hurt or kill the officer.

galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 03/11/14 - 08:47 am
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Officer

This officer has tased 24 people in two years. Now he is using his gun and he is a college campus cop. I see a real problem here and it isn't loud music. He needs to go before the college is paying for something more serious.

just an opinion
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just an opinion 03/11/14 - 09:15 am
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Can you provide more details please...

About the guy "trying to run over Martin"? Video? Witness statements etc. ? or are you just going by what Martin said? Did you watch the video of what he did to the guy driving with a paper tag over by Solo Cup?

rocketserve
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rocketserve 03/11/14 - 09:45 am
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Why is this officer still on duty?
Unpublished

This is the same officer who has a civil suit against him now for targeting using his tazer on a guy that he tried to ticket previously. Read this article and it will show that this guy probably does not need to be a college police officer and maybe part of Blackwater security force..

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-02-28/civil-rights-s...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/14 - 09:50 am
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Sounds like Martin is the one

Sounds like Martin is the one who should be in jail.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/11/14 - 09:56 am
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RCSO is investigating????

RCSO is investigating???? Talk about the fox watching the hen house.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/11/14 - 11:46 am
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I am a firm believer in

I am a firm believer in backing law enforcement....even giving them the benefit of the doubt. But Officer Martin seems to be amassing quite a record of use of force, targeting individuals, and possibly using his position to pursue a vendetta. If they put him back on the road we will be reading more about him.

I'm not saying that this shooting wasn't righteous. I am just saying that when an officer has a history like Martin's, it's a perfect excuse to question every incident in which he is involved. He sounds like an over zealous cop, even to people like me.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/11/14 - 12:19 pm
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I fail to see the justified use of Deadly Force

LOUD Music crime is citation level offense, Not a FELONY

Witness statements indicate the M.C.G. Officers actions were over reactive & unnecessarily aggressive from the get go. An his response greatly contributed to the situation leading up to the shooting.

According to the GA Association of Police Chiefs Manual and other authoritative sources

Google www.gachiefs.com & "Use of Force.doc‎"

OR

http://www.dca.state.ga.us/development/research/programs/downloads/law/C...

GA Law Enforcement Officers should only use the amount of force necessary to overcome resistance.

Other means of force should be exhausted or deemed impractical before resorting to the use of deadly force SEE: OCGA 17-4-20(b)
RESPONSE TO ACTIVE RESISTANCE (2007) O.C.G.A.: 17-4-20(b); 16-3-21(a); 35-8-6

The following examples are provided to show when an officer may use deadly force:

1. When the officer reasonably believes it necessary to defend his/her own life or the life of another, or to prevent grave bodily injury to him/her self or another and all available means of defense have failed or would be inadequate or dangerous under the circumstances;

2. When necessary to prevent the commission of forcible felonies;
NOTE: Deadly force shall not be used towards persons who have committed or are committing traffic violations, misdemeanors, non-forcible felonies, or forcible felonies not in progress.

3. To affect the arrest of a person at the scene of a crime who is attempting to escape, but only if there is a serious threat of immediate danger to the officer or third persons, such as the use of firearms or taking of hostages;

Parts 4 & 5 cover putting down severely injured animals.

NOTE: Special care should be taken to ensure that no person or property is injured or damaged when an officer fires his/her weapon.

===============

D. Shooting to Stop the Commission of a Forcible Felony

1. Before using a firearm, officers shall identify themselves and state their intent to shoot, when feasible;

2. Officers shall fire their weapon to stop an assailant from completing a potentially deadly act as described in section C above. Officers should shoot at the largest available mass provided by the assailant as a target area for the officer, to stop the threat and to minimize danger to innocent bystanders;

3. Warning shots are prohibited;

4. Officers shall not fire their weapons from a moving vehicle or at a moving vehicles

5. Facts unknown to an officer, no matter how compelling, cannot be considered in later determining whether the use of lawful force, particularly that of deadly force, was justified.

==============================

I am beginning to be suspect the present facts
Normally this is where the _BI or a Preacher on a Court House steps would already be involved. But by their absents I am speculating there more to this story than just Loud Music. If it is as presented, then it is a effort to justify bad shoot and head off a major Lawsuit by arresting the driver.

Now with me having spoken out of both sides of my mouth

I still say,
I fail to see the justified use of Deadly Force.
Using the officers logic a speeder passing a Law Enforcement Checkpoint point is subject to being shot.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/11/14 - 12:22 pm
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Glad Mr. Stewart wasn't mortally wounded but?

What about M & M? That would be Martin and McBride! Both still need their feet held to the fire! The fact that Martin is still around makes you wonder about the Public Safety Administration and the University administration. Bet if one of Azziz's Doctors practiced medicine the way Martin performs as a Police Officer the doctor would be long gone. Hope so anyway!

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/11/14 - 12:26 pm
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"Normally this is where the

"Normally this is where the _BI or a Preacher on a Court House steps would already be involved."

Nocnoc, thanks for providing the law, seemingly applicable to this case.

As an aside, contrary to many beliefs, ministers generally get involved when asked by the family for the purpose of illumination. That may not be the case here, but it is not like ministers watch the papers and run to the court house steps every time someone gets in trouble. I have heard of some families who were reasonably certain that a case was being addressed and did not want to risk muddying the water with more publicity.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/11/14 - 12:41 pm
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TM - You make a good point

I agree not all vic's find a Preacher

BTW:
Does anyone know the status of that Female PD Lawyer and the Cracker Barrel Diamond Ring?

It has been forever since she was charged.

Did her preacher on the steps help?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/11/14 - 02:41 pm
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Considering this jackwagon's

Considering this jackwagon's history; I would need to see video that the perp TARGETED him with his vehicle.

avidreader
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avidreader 03/11/14 - 04:19 pm
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Then in the end . . .

Donte Stewart is stupid, but Wesley Martin is dangerous. Get rid of Martin. Give Donte a swift kick in the butt, and move on. Martin is a menace to our community. His ego will never take a back seat to common sense.

Amen!

specsta
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specsta 03/11/14 - 08:25 pm
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Maybe Mall Work Would Be Better?

And exactly why are these glorified campus security guards even issued guns?

GRU is going to be paying out a lot of lawsuit money if these "Barney Fife's" aren't reigned in.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/12/14 - 04:37 am
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GAD

"The day an officer gets to finally shoot someone is what most cops dream about, ever since they were little boys."

This is a disgusting comment, with nothing but personal opinion to back it up!! What's your evidence this is true? YOUR feeling?

Dream? More like a NIGHTMARE!! A nightmare I've actually had numerous times!!

Also, you're wrong about RCSO investigating GRU!! They don't like GRU cops, why wouldn't they be fair?

Also, I personally believe this Martin does NOT need to ever wear a badge!! This guy is a hothead!! I've read AND heard to much about him; GRU needs to do the right thing!!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/12/14 - 10:08 am
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myfather15

Your comment about the RCSO not liking the GRU police is of the same mentality that the old Augusta Police Department rednecks had for MCG Police.

They are police officers! They get the same training as you! And they would assist you any time you were getting your head pounded!

Wesley Martin is not a true example of the GRU Police. He is not a good police officer and is not good for that department.

And by the way, RCSO has it's share of officers like this too!

I believe from what I have learned that the GRU Officers are deputized by the same Sheriff who deputized you. So therefore for RCSO to investigate GRU it would be inapropriate because they would be investigating themselves. GRU's Public Safety Administration (McBride) should have immediately called the GBI the same would be the case for your department.

And don't take offense at my comment. I most always agree with your well thought out comments and almost always give you a 'thumbs up.'

willie Lee
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willie Lee 03/12/14 - 09:00 pm
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Typical Again!
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After this egomaniac kills someone then the officials will try to justify their reasoning when there is none.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 03/13/14 - 08:00 am
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"donte", well nuff said,
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"donte", well nuff said, don't know why he was on the campus anyway, unless he was there to steal-good possibility, because "all dey gots dere are books, paper, and pencils" which is like a cross or garlic to dracula for someone like donte..well he will "gits he a law-yah" and cut he hare go down to the nearest citi trends and buy an outfit so when his law-yah files suit he can tess-ah-fie "yoh on-nah, eye's not doin nutin bad, fo sho eye's be my-nin mah own beh-ness win dis po-leece shoots me, i jess wont to go to de colleck, to gits me ah ed-you-mah-kay-shin, fo sho to git me a job to opin mah own beh-niss...fo sho"

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/13/14 - 09:26 am
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MF15, personal opinion is

MF15, personal opinion is what the comments section is all about.

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