Originally created 02/22/98

Motorist shot dead after police chase



An Augusta man was shot at by two Richmond County sheriff's deputies Saturday evening and killed when he almost ran over the two officers after being trapped in a cul-de-sac during a car chase, officials said.

Alfaigo Terrell Davis, 28, of the 3400 block of Applejack Terrace, was first stopped on Old Savannah Road about 7:45 p.m. when an officer noticed he wasn't using headlights, Chief Deputy Ronald Strength said. After the deputy realized Mr. Davis had given a Social Security number registered to a woman, Mr. Davis ran behind some houses before running back to his car and driving away, Chief Deputy Strength said.

Two other deputies who joined the chase, which wound its way through the Apple Valley subdivision, pulled in behind Mr. Davis' car on Johnson Court, blocking the vehicle in. After the officers got out of their cars, Mr. Davis put his vehicle into reverse and started moving backward at them, hitting a patrol car in the process, Chief Deputy Strength said.

"I saw part of the chasing," said resident Heidi Reedon, who came out of her home when she heard the sirens. "I saw five police cars, tail to tail, come into Apple Valley. By the time I got out here, he had been shot and killed. The boy never even got out of the car."

Both officers fired their weapons, the chief deputy said. Mr. Davis' body will be sent to the state crime lab in Atlanta, where an autopsy will be performed on Monday.

Area residents expressed shock and concern about the shooting, which some thought was senseless. Witnesses said Mr. Davis already had thrown his hands up off the steering wheel before police fired through the windows.

"He had broken away from police and took off running, so they were mad because he had gotten away from them," said Willie Taylor, Mr. Davis' uncle. "So when they caught him, they shot him down. The police just shot a man in cold blood."

The officers, Deputy Nicholas Capobianco, a four-year veteran of the department, and Deputy Gary Clark Jr., who has been with the department for 21/2 years, were placed on administrative duty, standard procedure during the investigation when an officer shoots someone, Chief Deputy Strength said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will investigate the incident, also standard procedure.

Investigators later discovered that Mr. Davis had three outstanding warrants: for making harassing telephone calls, criminal trespass and failure to show up for a court hearing on a charge of fleeing police, Chief Deputy Strength said.