Deputy on desk after fatal shooting

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A Richmond County sheriff's investigator has been placed on administrative duty after fatally shooting a bandit during a robbery at an Augusta fast-food restaurant Monday night.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Tuesday that Investigator Tim Tobias shot Joseph Gooden, 26, of the 3000 block of Golden Way, after Mr. Gooden robbed the Captain D's restaurant on Wrightsboro Road.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, and Investigator Tobias, 41, a 21-year veteran who was working a special-duty assignment at the restaurant, has been placed on administrative duty.

"He will not be on the street until the investigation is completed," Sheriff Strength said at a news conference Tuesday morning.

An assignment to administrative work is standard practice after officers are involved in shootings.

According to an account provided by the sheriff and others, Mr. Gooden ran into the restaurant between 7:30 and 8 p.m., pointed what appeared to be a rifle or shotgun at a female employee and demanded cash.

The woman fled to the restaurant's office, where the manager was counting money. Mr. Gooden reportedly followed, pointed his gun, which turned out to be an air rifle -- a BB gun -- at the manager's head and took the money.

"We were told by one of the witnesses that when the guy came in with the weapon, Investigator Tobias was sitting and tying his shoe," Sheriff Strength said. "So he was bent over and evidently the suspect didn't notice him and ran straight past him to the office area."

Investigator Tobias confronted Mr. Gooden as he tried to leave the restaurant and told him to halt. When he kept coming, witnesses said, the uniformed deputy fired, striking Mr. Gooden in the chest. The suspect collapsed and was later pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Four employees and two customers were in the store at the time of the robbery.

This is the first time a deputy has had to fire his weapon this year, according to police. The last shooting occurred in August 2007, when Deputy Ryan Giacomo shot Danny D. Hughes, 53, of Townville, S.C., during a traffic stop. When the deputy attempted to take Mr. Hughes into custody because of some outstanding warrants, Mr. Hughes began to drive away. Deputy Giacomo was being dragged by the suspect's vehicle when he fired one shot at Mr. Hughes's left arm. Mr. Hughes survived the shooting.

According to The Augusta Chronicle 's records, the most recent fatal shooting in Richmond County by a sheriff's deputy occurred in 2004, a year that saw three fatal officer-involved shootings. Rebecca Key, 40, was shot by three SWAT team members during a standoff.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 11/26/08 - 03:48 am
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It is about time that the
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It is about time that the good guys win one! Thank you officer
Tobias for performing your duty, you deserve a commendation.
This action should be a lesson to the worthless pieces of crap
that just want to steal and not earn their way like most people.

As It Is
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As It Is 11/26/08 - 04:06 am
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Excellent job Deputy Tobias.

Excellent job Deputy Tobias. Persons who use weapons and commit violent acts against others don't deserve to be a part of our society. Although many criminals still will not learn from this incident, some will and even if one other does, it will be less crime for our community. For the few who continually criticize special deputy deputies working at restaurants, bars, malls, balls games, schools, etc. and having their patrol cars, this is yet another in many prime examples of these fine officers serving the community at no expense to the taxpayer. By having all of these officers working in these locations they are helping to keep us all safe to and from their special and at the special they are working. They free up road beat deputies to handle other duties and by having their cars when they have to make an arrest, they don't have to get a deputy from their beat to transport. Just the other night a shooting occurred on Washington Road and the victim said he went to Somewhere In Augusta Restaurant because he knew their was always a deputy working there. These fine men and women deserve our praise, support, prayers, proper health coverage and a decent salary. Thanks!!!!!

factchecker
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factchecker 11/26/08 - 04:16 am
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The news last night reported

The news last night reported that "there was a tragic end to a robbery" but the tragedy was that the Deputy has to live with the fact that he had to take someone's life because they didn't care enough about their own life or the life of others. Deputy Tobias, I am sorry that you were required to make this decision although it was the right one. Most people don't realize that law enforcement trains to keep up a skill that none want to ever use but will if they have to. Know that you have a grateful community behind you for having to make a decision that none of us would want to make. Thank you for everything you do to serve the community in which you work.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 11/26/08 - 04:17 am
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This is a double tragedy. The

This is a double tragedy. The suspect's Father is a longtime friend and member of the Law enforcement community on the Correctional side. No one seen this coming and it illustrates that no matter what your up bring is, there is always a possibility for things like this to occur. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Gooden family.

Ole School
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Ole School 11/26/08 - 04:56 am
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Thanks Mr. Police , for doing

Thanks Mr. Police , for doing your Job VERY WELL, and protecting the Public ! Investigate you ? no , give you a raise heck yeah !

intheknow
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intheknow 11/26/08 - 06:23 am
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As a person that has been in

As a person that has been in this situation before there is no joy. A person has died. We do not go to work hoping that we will kill someone. This person committed a crime and unfourtunately has paid the ultimate price.

justus4
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justus4 11/26/08 - 06:40 am
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What is the witness name? A
Unpublished

What is the witness name? A B.B. gun? What's next....a ball point pen? This is another example of an American killing by those sworn to protect & serve. If this is service, "they" can keep it.

factchecker
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factchecker 11/26/08 - 06:45 am
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justus4 - you are an idiot.

justus4 - you are an idiot. Tell me that when someone is pointing a gun at you that you can tell the difference, especially the way they are made to look so much like a real gun nowadays. Besides a bb gun can and has killed in the past. If you think you can do better I'm sure the Sheriff's Office is taking applications. What a dolt!

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 11/26/08 - 06:52 am
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justus, I'd like to know how

justus, I'd like to know how you would react if someone was pointing a gun that looked real? The officer did his job as trained.

intheknow
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intheknow 11/26/08 - 06:55 am
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I would never second guess

I would never second guess anyone in the position that Investigator Tobias was in. With the way that they make these" Toys" look today, you have no way of knowing what is real or not. I rather that he error on the side of caution than to be attending a service in his honor. As it is I will be attending this young man's service, as his Father is a family friend. I know that I cannot not speak for his Father. He is a member of the Law enforcement community and knows very well the danger that we face each day. I would hope that he hold no animosity towards Inv. Tobias but as a grieving Father I would not hold him in disrespect should he momentitarity do so.

As It Is
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As It Is 11/26/08 - 06:58 am
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Justus 4 - You could care

Justus 4 - You could care less if he had been white because your comments are continually race related. This man put a gun to the head of a clerk that will have to deal with that for the rest of her life he then put a gun to the head of the manager, threatning his life, something he will also have to deal with for the rest of his life. He then robbed the business of their hard earned money of which he deserved none. Then, while heading towards the deputy he failed to drop his weapon and failed to stop. If you were a deputy, following proper procedure and proper training, you would have acted just as this deputy acted and to say otherwise would be a bold face lie. This deputy is sworn to serve and protect and that includes protecting himself and those in the store who deserve protecting not someone carying a gun threatning the lives of others and stealing from them. Save your stupid and ignorant comments for someithing where you at least have 1/2 of a chance in making an argument. To make the comments you have made clearly shows your hatred and ignorance. This was a GREAT SERVICE to the law abiding citizens of the community and those in the store at the time.

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avidreader 11/26/08 - 07:03 am
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As the ancient adage goes --

As the ancient adage goes -- if one chooses to dance, one must be willing to pay the piper. I have a pellet pistol that looks exactly like a real 9mm. If I chose to use it in an unlawful situation, no one would know it wasn't deadly. Mr. Gooden paid the piper, and so be it.

As It Is
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As It Is 11/26/08 - 07:05 am
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This Deputy has been on the

This Deputy has been on the department for 21 years without any incidnet such as this. He didn't go looking for this, the criminal came to him armed with a weapon and committing various felony's. This criminal placed many people in harms way and placed them in a situation that will greatly effect them for the rest of their lives. This deputy, following his training perfectly, responded acordingly and will also have to live with his actions for the rest of his life because this ingrateful criminal decided upon himself that is was ok to use violence to take what wasn't rightfully his. The family of the criminal deserves our prayers but in paticular the deputy and those in the restaurant whom he greatly effected deserve our prayers and certainly our support. If you support criminals with guns robbing businesses and putting guns to the heads of innocent workers over supporting law enforcement officers protecting and serving their community then you not only need to leave the community, you need to leave the Country. Justus4, If you will provide us with your information and address, I am sure many will contribute to your moving expenses and airline ticket.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 11/26/08 - 07:12 am
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Investigator Tobias was doing

Investigator Tobias was doing his job, plain and simple. We cannot ask that these men and women take a chance on losing their lives by first assuming that a weapon is not real, allowing the criminals to take a shot and then only return fire. I grieve with the Gooden family but I support Inv. Tobias actions 100% given the facts at hand.

edst4
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edst4 11/26/08 - 07:15 am
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Once again justus4 runs his

Once again justus4 runs his stupid mouth. I say put him in front of a person with a gun commiting a crime. He will put his tail between his legs and run. justus4 just take your little blanket find a room some where stuck your thumb in your mouth like a little baby and suck on it. You are a flipping idiot. You once again need to be slapped for being stupid

christian134
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christian134 11/26/08 - 07:17 am
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Good job Deputy

Good job Deputy Tobias...justus4 your inadequacies to rightly comprehend facts are as troubling as your racial views...A BB gun has all the appearances of a real working gun and can if fired have dangerous and even deadly results...For instance hitting someone in the eyes or temple...If that is not enough how about fired at or even pretending to fire the weapon while a person or persons have cardiac health issues? A heart attack is just as deadly as a bullet don't you believe? Once again good job Deputy...You and the others survived...

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 11/26/08 - 07:26 am
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Who would like to contribute

Who would like to contribute to a collection for officer Tobias? He deserves it. Yes, I am being serious. Support decency..Support www.hongkongaugustaga.org

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 11/26/08 - 07:39 am
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justus4 ... A bb or pellet

justus4 ... A bb or pellet gun has enough power to go through en eye and into the brain. I bet if I held my pellet gun on you ..you would not move and you would be afraid. Please go to Pine Tuckey and learn about fire arms safety.

ripjones
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ripjones 11/26/08 - 07:53 am
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justus4 - What a piece of

justus4 - What a piece of work you are. Law Enforement officers are sworn to serve and protect, law abiding citizens. The robber was not a law abiding citizen. He made the choice, he paid the price. I'm sorry for his parents, but I shed not one single tear for him. And I would feel the same way, even if it had been my own son. We as parents, try to raise them right. Twenty-six years old, is old enough to know right from wrong.

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pah4r 11/26/08 - 07:59 am
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justus4 is just another

justus4 is just another racial bigot on Obama's "give me, wealth redistribution" wagon train who hasn't a clue of reality. I while I pray for the criminals family know something, somewhere was lacking in his upbringing to have him turn out this way. I wholeheartedly support the deputy, for I know from first hand experience the trauma a loved one endures after being robbed at gun point for I have a loved one who has endured this twice.

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Newsreader 11/26/08 - 08:03 am
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The fact is a suspect

The fact is a suspect committed a felony in the presence of a sworn deputy. Said deputy acted appropiately. Suspect refused to acknowledge deputy and surrender. Suspect pointed weapon at deputy. Suspect was fatally shot by deputy. All law abiding persons went home to sort the memories. Yes I support all the victims of this crime. The restaurant, the employees, the Deputy, the suspect's family & loved ones, and the citizens of Augusta. Everyone deserves our prayers and concerns. This is a communitywide tradegy, as no one wants a human to die over a few stolen dollars, not even the suspect stealling the money deserved to die. But the Deputy had no choice but act. He saw a deadly threat and responded with lethal force. Again, the suspect's family is also a victim. Their loved one is smeared all over the paper as criminal without trial. The majority of the community praising the man who shot him (even though rightfully so, it still hurts the family). We as a community suffer because, as stated by factchecker, this was a decision that noone wanted to be made. As for the naysayers who think this is bad law enforcement, you just don't understand the stituation. God bless us all.

_Imabadamerican
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_Imabadamerican 11/26/08 - 08:33 am
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Turn out the lights, ol

Turn out the lights, ol gooden's party is OVER!

roymccoy
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roymccoy 11/26/08 - 08:35 am
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justsus4, i'm sure with your

justsus4, i'm sure with your impeccable grammar that you are a weapons expert also! go stick your head in the commode and smell the turds!

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 11/26/08 - 09:04 am
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It appears that justus4 is

It appears that justus4 is sending his e-mails from a jail cell.

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ThatOne 11/26/08 - 09:21 am
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justsus4: A officer doesn't

justsus4: A officer doesn't have time to ask if the gun is a AR-15 or a bb gun... This by reading the account of the incident, appears to be a good shoot on behalf of the officer... I give no quarter to lawless people and those who don't respect life and property...Gooden chose to run into Captain D's a rob it, he truamatized customers and employees, and thank God inv. tobias was there to end his spree... Perhaps all criminals should take note and realize this holiday season may not be like all the past ones!!! Robbing for Christmas money isn't worth your life!

dale88fan
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dale88fan 11/26/08 - 09:23 am
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dam -- all he had to do was

dam -- all he had to do was wait for osama to get into office

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bone 11/26/08 - 09:23 am
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the real tragedy is that

the real tragedy is that officer tobias is off the street right now. the fact that a criminal made a foolish decision and paid for it? not so much a tragedy; just a consequence.

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whatsupwiththat 11/26/08 - 09:37 am
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A sincere "Thank You" to

A sincere "Thank You" to officer Tobias and all the other law enforcement professionals putting their life on the line each day while protecting many who don't deserve protection. A weapon used during the commission of a crime changes everything, whether it's a stick, an air rifle or a bazooka. The officer does not have time to go through a checklist with the "suspect" prior to making a decision.

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mad_max 11/26/08 - 09:46 am
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Give Investigator Tobias a

Give Investigator Tobias a medal and put him back on duty. The only tragedy in this is for the family of the young man that was killed. I am sure they did not raise their son to end up like this. However, it was a BB gun this time but the next time it may have been a 9mm and it could have been an innocent victim killed. If you steal, you deserve to be shot. I kind of miss the "shoot to kill" order the sheriff put out in the '80s. It sure stopped that string of mini-market hold-ups. For society in general there is NO tragedy in the death of someone who robs or steals. Anyone who steals is only one step away from becoming a murderer. Killing them early is like preventive medicine.

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WW1949 11/26/08 - 10:05 am
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I wonder if justus4 is really

I wonder if justus4 is really the way he acts or does he just act the way he does to stir up comments? I hope it is the latter.

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