Eviction turns into stabbing, shooting

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AIKEN - An Aiken County sheriff's deputy was stabbed and a North Augusta man was shot in a confrontation during an eviction Thursday, authorities said.

An Aiken County sheriff's deputy was stabbed in the leg and a North Augusta man was shot in the abdomen during an attempt to serve a final eviction notice at this mobile home park on Thomas Park Road in North Augusta on Thursday.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
An Aiken County sheriff's deputy was stabbed in the leg and a North Augusta man was shot in the abdomen during an attempt to serve a final eviction notice at this mobile home park on Thomas Park Road in North Augusta on Thursday.

Chris Godbee, 46, was shot in the abdomen by a sheriff's deputy after Mr. Godbee stabbed one of the deputies in the thigh with a butcher knife, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Michael Frank, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the identities of the deputies involved would not be released until state authorities finished conducting an on-site investigation.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, he said, was called in because "it's an officer-involved shooting."

According to Lt. Frank, shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday two sheriff's deputies and a constable went to a mobile home in the 100 block of Thomas Park Road in North Augusta to serve a final eviction notice to Mr. Godbee.

Standing outside the trailer, Mr. Godbee's stepfather, Jack Dossott, described his stepson as a quiet person who came out of his home once a month.

According to Mr. Dossott, Mr. Godbee is a paranoid schizophrenic who had stopped taking his medication.

"He doesn't bother nobody," he said. "He was scared. He thought everybody was after him."

Mr. Dossott said his stepson stopped communicating and that no one could get inside to help him. He also said he warned the deputies that Mr. Godbee was off his medication before they went in.

Mr. Godbee hid under some furniture in the back bedroom, and when the deputies entered, he "came out from under there and stabbed the first deputy in the upper left leg. The second deputy managed to pull the wounded deputy out of the way and Tased the man twice," Lt. Frank said.

Sheriff Michael Hunt said the Taser either had no effect or the deputy missed.

"The suspect then charged the first deputy again, and the second deputy fired several shots; one hit (the suspect) in the abdomen," he said.

Mr. Godbee was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and was in serious condition late Thursday, said hospital spokeswoman Deborah Humphrey. The deputy was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers and released a few hours later, Sheriff Hunt said.

Reach Michelle Guffey at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110, or michelle.guffey@augustachronicle.com.

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PIOSSEDOFF
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PIOSSEDOFF 08/31/07 - 06:18 am
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are you f____kidding me? this

are you f____kidding me? this man should of been stopped any way he could of been. Sickness doesnt give you the right to do what ever you want and not face concequences for your actions. He came at these officers with deadly force and they did the only thing they could to survive at the time. This isnt the movies -- its real life and if it was me I know Im gonna do what I have too to stay alive. why dont you take your [filtered word] out there and deals with these people coalminer777? jacka__!!

csralookout
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csralookout 08/31/07 - 06:30 am
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Theres a sale at Pennys

Theres a sale at Pennys today!

PFLY775
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PFLY775 08/31/07 - 06:51 am
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HEY!!!!!!! I didn't make that

HEY!!!!!!! I didn't make that first post!!! who is using my display name!!!!!! Pay attention to your display name when you post!!!! Whoever did it....I deleted it and I certainly didn't agree with it. "Resident" would you amend your post and take my name out....I agree with you. Not that stealing JA that used my screen name! Did you know that someone can change their display name and use yours! OMG! The Chronicle needs to put a stop to that! Changed my screen name too!

dirt police
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dirt police 08/31/07 - 08:29 am
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This situtation was

This situtation was mishandled by Law enforcement ,they were told the suspect was mental,they should have backed off and handled with kid gloves not go in like gangbusters.The deputy wouldn't have been injured and the suspect would'nt been shot over a eviction notice!!!!Come on Sheriff Hunt these Deputies should be investigated. This was not a criminal offense .He was being evicted !!!!!

Phish
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Phish 08/31/07 - 08:32 am
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Jesus Saves!!!!!

Jesus Saves!!!!!

bigbert9980
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bigbert9980 08/31/07 - 08:32 am
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It seem like Aiken County has

It seem like Aiken County has been having alot of crime lately what is really going on over there. You have been seing alot of Aiken this and Aiken that, sounds like they need to regroup and get a task force started.

KingJames
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KingJames 08/31/07 - 08:42 am
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Mr. Godbee should consider

Mr. Godbee should consider himself lucky that the officers were trying not to hurt him by first using Tasers before they shot him. What I don't understand about this is that they either missed him with the Tasers or the Tasers had no effect, and then they fired several shots before finally striking him in the abdomen. What took the deputies so long to bring this guy down? I know that this was probably stressful for them and that they are glad no one was killed, but the deputies might want to work on their marksmanship. The quicker they can take down a threatening person, the quicker they can restore calm to a situation. Besides that, well done to the deputies and I wish the deputy that was stabbed and Mr. Godbee a speedy recovery. Also, if Godbee's stepfather thought Godbee was dangerous, he should have tried to get help for him a long time ago.

sanders20
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sanders20 08/31/07 - 09:34 am
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This should of been handled

This should of been handled by someone in the medical field. this guy needed help.

bigfishlittlepond
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bigfishlittlepond 08/31/07 - 09:36 am
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Research this type of mental

Research this type of mental illness before you cast judgment.These people are sick and MUST be approached with caution, not ALL are dangerous anyways, some are, unless on medication. The police were told prior to entry the subject had a history of Mental illness and was off meds, they should have backed off and EVALUATED the situation prior to entry. Have you ever had to navigate your self out of a smoke filled home at night? This is how some mental health people feel in life, don't assume, until you know the facts. He was obviously scared or he would not have been hiding under a bed. A trained social service worker should have been on the scene and released the man to trained Paramedics to have his mental condition evaluated at a hospital Emergency room by a Medical Doctor.

LP.SAV
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LP.SAV 08/31/07 - 09:40 am
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A relative of mine recently

A relative of mine recently died who was also paranoid schizophrenic, from an apparent overdose of sleeping pills. She was 53 years old. For the past several years, her behavior was so irradic that the rest of us "normal" family members shuned her. Now, I and some other relatives, regret our negligent attitudes toward her while she was living. So with this in mind, I can only say that we all need to pray that Mr. Godbee will have someone who cares enough about him to find him the help he obviously, desperately needs. We also need to pray for the deputy who was injured in the incident.

GETACLUE
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GETACLUE 08/31/07 - 09:57 am
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There is a lot of back seat

There is a lot of back seat driving going on here. OBVIOUSLY the deputies did not want to hurt Mr GodBee, hence the attempts to Taser him. Maybe they should have sent one of you naysayers in to hug him and his butcher knife. Give the deputies a break, they do a thankless job and make split second decisions.

secretary
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secretary 08/31/07 - 10:09 am
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Being a paranoid

Being a paranoid schizophrenic is an illness. But an illness doesn't place you above the law. Fifteen years ago a paranoid schizophrenic, also off his medication, went to Community Mental Health Center with enough ammunition to kill everyone out there. One person was killed and others were critically injured. If you're going to criticize anyone, criticize that person's caregiver for not making sure Mr. Godbee was on his medication or in a mental health facility. Not the deputies. They were doing their job and risking their lives doing it. And yes it was just an eviction notice but I remember a deputy for Richmond County that was shot and killed for trying to serve just child support papers.

EnoughAlready
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EnoughAlready 08/31/07 - 10:29 am
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I don't care if he's "Mental"

I don't care if he's "Mental" or not, that does not give him the right to attack a deputy. Just because he is off his rocker, does not mean the deputies should have to "babysit" him. If he was that unstable, he should not have been around the public anyway. He should be in a hospital that assists people like him in staying stable enough to ensure societies safety. I hope the deputy's leg is okay.

jack
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jack 08/31/07 - 10:51 am
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dirtpolice, the deputies were

dirtpolice, the deputies were servng a court order. Yes, they were warned that the man was mentally disturbed but off his meds. The deputies had no choice but to enter and do whatever necessary to get the man evicted as ordered by the court.

pointman73
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pointman73 08/31/07 - 11:53 am
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Good job Aiken County

Good job Aiken County Sheriff's Office, and to the injured Deputy, prayers sent and recover quickly.

butterflygina
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butterflygina 08/31/07 - 12:02 pm
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Don't law enforcement

Don't law enforcement officials have a different protocol they are supposed to follow when dealing with mentally ill people rather than us "regular folks"? Mental health officials should have the opportunity to get to the scene. I hope everybody recovers. Another thing I don't understand. If your mama calls and says you have barricaded yourself in the house (in my scenario, you have committed no crime and are not in danger of harming yourself or others), why the police got to make you come out. Hell if you don't want to you shouldn't have to. And you definately shouldn't get shot or tasered because you just don't want to be bothered. This man's SSI/RSDI check should have been used to pay his rent. I wonder how many months he was behind?

sportychick
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sportychick 08/31/07 - 12:34 pm
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GREAT JOB DEPUTIES!

GREAT JOB DEPUTIES! Psychotic individuals such as Mr. Godbee should be institutionalized away from the general public, especially if they are at risk to harm themselves or others! If the family was so concerned they should have petitioned Probate Court for an order to have him committed. I think laws should be changed so that penalties are imposed on families who do not intervene. It IS clearly negligence on their part to not intervene when they know he is a danger to himself and others. Thank GOD these Deputies were armed!!!

nyquil
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nyquil 08/31/07 - 12:48 pm
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Jesus Saves!!!!! Posted by

Jesus Saves!!!!!
Posted by Phish on Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:32 AM
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But Gretzky shoots and he scores!!!

jdcooper
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jdcooper 08/31/07 - 12:52 pm
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The officer did his job.

The officer did his job. Maybe it could have been handled better, but it was not necessarily wrong.

jdcooper
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jdcooper 08/31/07 - 12:54 pm
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Also, if the family "knew"

Also, if the family "knew" that something was wrong, why did THEY not contact medical personell before the police came knocking to evict him? Did they think the police wouldn't eventually be called in?

onehotdog
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onehotdog 08/31/07 - 01:34 pm
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Practice, practice, practice.

Practice, practice, practice. Seems like someone needs more time at the range. At least they aimed "center mass". But several shots and only one hit?

chinagrace
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chinagrace 08/31/07 - 01:53 pm
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I don't know the laws in

I don't know the laws in South Carolina regarding mental illness, but I have a friend with a paranoid schizophrenic family member (not in GA). This family member has been hospitalized involuntarily many times and has always been released back into society where she stops taking her medication immediately and starts the vicious cycle all over again, leaving destruction and chaos in her wake. The bad part is that each time she goes off of her medication, her episodes become worse and harder to get back under control - like an addiction or like allowing a cancer to continue to grow unchecked. I know she's been taken into hospital custody at *least* 5 times since I've known her in the last ten years; but because of local laws, they are not allowed to keep her if she wants to leave, regardless of what they know she's going to do. Someone is going to have to die before they will keep her.

Her family members have tried everything the law allows, and the result is the same: unless the ill person *wants* help, nothing any family member can do will help.

I don't know what the answer is, truthfully, but what's in place now is not working for the mentally ill *or* for society in general.

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InChristLove 08/31/07 - 03:10 pm
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Please read the article

Please read the article carefully. It states that Mr. Godbee hid under some furniture in the back bedroom, and when the deputies entered, he "came out from under there and stabbed the first deputy in the upper left leg. The second deputy managed to pull the wounded deputy out of the way and Tased the man twice". It doesn't say they went in like gangbusters. This was a 46 year old man living in a trailer by himself "butterfly". It's not the parents job to make sure he takes his meds and the stepfather said he only comes out once a month. There's only so much a parent can do and it never mentions the man's mother only his stepfather. I feel for the man and know he has problems but I don't feel like these officers handle the situation wrong. They were there to serve eviction notice and got attacked. It shows the officers didn't want to hurt this man by using the Taser first, when that didn't work they used their firearms. What comments would be said if Mr. Godbee had hit the officer's main artery in his leg and he'd bled to death. Everyone would complain the officers should have used deadly force. My prayers are with both injured men.

scgirl
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scgirl 08/31/07 - 03:24 pm
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well mr goddbee's father (my

well mr goddbee's father (my uncle) did try to get him help but just like nm said if the "ill person wants help they have to turn their selfs in". sc law sucks on family members trying to help or prevent things like this. plus they want something crazy like this to happen before someone wants to help and then everyone says put him in the crazy house. i'm not saying it is right for him to attack an officer but if help would have been given when asked for this wouldn't have never happened. my uncle should have been able to get him help and especialy with him being his biological father. also for the person saying they should have told the police hello jack (his stepfather) did!! half these people on here dont know him or our family and needs to keep their mouth shut.

As It Is
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As It Is 09/01/07 - 12:35 am
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Meatal Health Officials,

Meatal Health Officials, Doctors, EMS's, etc. will not enter a situation such as this until the scene is secured by law enforcement. The Deputies entered to remove the person without force if possible, then increased the level of force to a taser after being stabbed and then increased to shooting after the taser failed to stop the individual. Backing out of and/or running from the situation is not any any training manuel for law enforcement in this type of situation nor would it be a good idea because he may have next pulled a gun and additional persons could have been injured. Play monday morning quarterback the day you put on a badge and actually know what you are talking about. Sheriff Hunt and his department do a great job and yes, you sure are hearing a lot more about Aiken County. It isn't because there is more crime but because more is being done about it and the department is agressively bringing drug use and sales under control with the limited resourses they have been given. This situation is ashame however, being mentally ill does not nor should it change the way law enforcement reacts to a person with a weapon who is coming at them or others.

law
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law 09/01/07 - 03:48 am
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I agree with As It Is on this

I agree with As It Is on this one. Mr. goddbee got what he deserved, yeah it is sad but he was the idiot that stabbed a cop. I understand he was off his meds, but if his family and friends don't care about him why should other people, usually when family and friends don't help, it means they must be a crappy person. I don't care who and what kind of a person someone is, you don't pay rent, you can live on the streets. It may sound mean but hey I don't get a free ride why should anyone else? Why should anyone have to go out of their way to send medical help to carry out an eviction, damn..the man was already getting a goverment check (free money) now he should get servants?

woeisyou
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woeisyou 09/01/07 - 04:34 am
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law u r a idiot

law u r a idiot

butterflygina
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butterflygina 09/01/07 - 03:06 pm
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inchristlove, the article

inchristlove, the article clearly stated that the father warned the deputies the man had not taken his meds and what he was taking them for. He didn't say, he has a gun (which if he had may have required immediate response from the police, hence he could shoot "outdoors"). He was inside. Nobody was in there with him from my understanding. Quick call to mental health officials to help access the situation remains my opinion.

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