Originally created 07/14/01

Policeman recovers after raid



Richmond County narcotics Investigator James Tredore - whose bullet-proof vest saved his life Thursday during a drug raid - was feeling better Friday.

But he will remain in the hospital through the weekend, a sheriff's office spokesman said.

But he will remain in the hospital through the weekend, a sheriff's office spokesman said.

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Mr. Tredore is sitting up and eating soft food but does not want visitors, Col. Gary Powell said.

"At this time, he needs rest," Col. Powell said.

Investigator Tredore, 31, was injured when a .357-caliber Magnum bullet, fired at him by a suspect during a drug raid, slammed into his vest. The vest stopped the bullet but not the impact, and he underwent exploratory surgery at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital so doctors could check for internal injuries.

The manufacturer of the vest, Second Chance of Central Lake, Mich., will replace it at no cost, a company spokesman said.

Investigator Tredore was at the head of a four-man drug team executing a search warrant in the 1700 block of Fairwood Drive at 1:14 a.m. Thursday when he was reportedly shot by a man hiding in a bedroom closet.

The suspect, Dennis Lee Richardson, 36, refused to throw down his gun until a second investigator fired a shot into the closet. The bullet struck a wall, missing Mr. Richardson.

Mr. Richardson was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and marijuana possession. Another target of the drug investigation, Samuel Vincent Hodge, 25, of the same address, was charged with trafficking in cocaine and marijuana possession. Mr. Hodge also will be charged with aggravated assault, Assistant District Attorney Shauna Reeves said.

Richmond County Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet denied bond for Mr. Hodge on Friday, saying he could pose a flight risk and might commit additional crimes.

Before the raid, officers stopped Mr. Hodge on Gordon Highway and used his key to enter the house, which has an iron gate on the front door.

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226.

But he will remain in the hospital through the weekend, a sheriff's office spokesman said.



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