Shooting triggers chaos

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People hurled rocks and bottles at Richmond County sheriff's deputies Sunday after word spread that police had shot a fleeing suspect near the Cherry Tree Crossing housing project off 15th Street.

Many in the loud, angry crowd of perhaps 200 people said the suspect had been killed, but a Richmond County coroner said at 11:30 p.m. that his office had not been notified.

Augusta Commissioner Corey Johnson, whose district includes the housing project, said he had been told the man was hospitalized in critical condition. Officials would not confirm his name or identify the hospital.

"They don't think he's gonna make it," Mr. Johnson said.

Extra deputies were called in to handle crowd control, and gunfire was heard at the scene after nightfall.

"That's not the answer," Mr. Johnson said. "The riot is not the answer. It's not gonna help get to the bottom of the situation."

Several fires were set in large trash bins around the community, and fire department officials advised their units to leave them alone to burn out.

Sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles said the incident on Carver Drive near the 15th Street intersection began at 4:21 p.m. and involved two sheriff's officers. He said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had taken over the case, and he referred questions to the agency.

In an interview at the Sheriff's Office, GBI Agent Pat Morgan said early Sunday evening that he had reviewed the scene and was preparing to interview witnesses.

"This is my first time working a shooting in Richmond County like that," he said when asked about the crowd.

Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength is expected to hold a briefing today, Lt. Peebles said.

Mr. Johnson, the district's commissioner, said Sunday night that he was told the Sheriff's Office got a tip that a stolen black SUV was in the area, carrying drugs and guns. Police found the Chevrolet and boxed it in, parking one police car in front and one behind.

Mr. Johnson said he was told the driver tried to escape, backing into the car behind him and ramming the one in front. The driver was shot while apparently trying to ram the squad car in front, Mr. Johnson said.

After the shooting, witnesses said the suspect's car continued to go down the street, stopping when it ran into a gate near a tree.

Mr. Johnson said that when the driver made the choice to ram police cars, he turned his vehicle into a weapon, giving police justification to defend themselves.

"It's just an unfortunate situation," Mr. Johnson said. "I hate that a man got shot. I hate that it happened the way it did," he said.

Staff writers Adam Folk and Preston Sparks contributed to this story.

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nofrills
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nofrills 12/15/08 - 07:26 am
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Some people are just

Some people are just ignorant! If they were white or if this happened in a white neighborhood. Give me a break. Do you think the police have different guide lines for if it’s a black area or a white area? Now if the suspect is black we can beat the crap out of him and go have jelly doughnuts but if it’s a white guy let’s ask him to turn himself in. For god sake this thug had drugs and guns and tried to use his SUV to run into the police who were screaming at him to stop. Then to make matters worse the thugs in the neighborhood took on a mob mentality and destroyed their own neighborhood. When GBI sorts this out all involved should be kicked out of their free housing and their welfare taken away so they can find new places to sell their drugs. Yeah I said it. There are more drugs being sold there then CVS so get off this black and white kick because all your doing is insulting my black friends who are good people and don’t need to be grouped with the thugs of your neighborhood.

gamc30909
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gamc30909 12/15/08 - 07:31 am
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Justus get your head out of

Justus get your head out of your azz and stop instigating about a bb gun looking real. There are bb guns that are perfect copies of the real thing. Plus you have the middle of the night almost pitch black in that area to contend with, you have lost your friggin mind it you really believe yourself. Two words sum you and all like you up. Friggin Itiot.

gamc30909
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gamc30909 12/15/08 - 07:35 am
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usnvet if you are against

usnvet if you are against such actions then you are no real usnvet. The only vet you may carry is DOG DOCTOR. Vet my azz with your attitude you have to be a big JOKE.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 12/15/08 - 07:41 am
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This is the sorriest piece of

This is the sorriest piece of chit that I have seen since the May 1970 riot. Not only did these sorry azzes put Law Enforcement in danger but they risked the lives of Fire Fighters who were trying to save what they considered to be their homes. I have called for it before and I am calling for it again. There should be an identification programs for residence and anyone not on a list of invited guest, should be made to leave of arrested for trespassing. I do not want to hear about no BS about rights. In the military our housing had strict control. More than one violation of policy meant that you gave up your quarters. These people that allow this punks to hang out are just as guilty as the thugs that did this. If you are not willing to take care of the property that taxpayers provide then get your sorry azzes out. This was the proverbial straw that broke the Camel's back.

politicallyNcorrect1
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politicallyNcorrect1 12/15/08 - 07:47 am
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justus...you are guilty of

justus...you are guilty of trying to insight mob mentality. The RSCO does not have a history of shooting innocent people. So why are you wanting to start trouble. NO you can not tell the difference between a BB & real gun in the dark & fearing someone will get shot. Deputies are not given a crystal ball that makes them see in the dark. You know deputies can tell see if it's a real weapon no more than you can. You just want to start trouble. I suppose if someone was trying to run over you...you wouldn't fight back huh? You are just as BAD for race relations as those white supremeist groups are.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 12/15/08 - 07:50 am
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Where are you idiots coming

Where are you idiots coming from? " Their voices heard"? This had nothing to do with their voices. What these azz holes did was Obstruct Justice. The same justice they claimed to want. Law Officer have not only a right but the duty to protect us. We give them the right to defend themselves while carrying out this duty. I will trust Law enforcement judgement before some brick throwing, bottle throwing coward any day. There are legal resource to question any action carrying out by police, however in MHO you are speaking to deaf ears when you decide to become part of the problem and not the solution. It is my hope that they are able to round up as many of these low lives as possible and that they be given the maximum allowed by law. There is no defense for what took place and ANY person that tries to defend them are just as stupid as they are.

aaa
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aaa 12/15/08 - 07:52 am
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Mr. Obama: Tear down these

Mr. Obama: Tear down these projects.

politicallyNcorrect1
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politicallyNcorrect1 12/15/08 - 07:56 am
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maine05 ...you are an

maine05 ...you are an armchair quarterback..it';s easy to make to sit at home & say should have, could have, have..you have no idea what ,,,let him go? You are & I don't like to call people names..but,,,YOU SIR ARE AN IDIOT...LET HIM GO..If you let everybody go..everyone would run, you can't have law & order & protect the innocent by letting criminals or anyone run from the law. My GOD do you even have a clue what a stupid remark you made? Shoot out the tires...lol Do you really think when someones trying to run over you..that you can step & say lets see...what can I do...??hu,m,, og God what to do??Oh shoot out the tires...yea

what
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what 12/15/08 - 07:56 am
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For those questioning whether

For those questioning whether or not the police had the right vehicle/suspect.....if the person was innocent, why did he try to ram the police cars? Why did he try to run? Even if he was "scared", once he rammed the police cars, he became a criminal ....assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon.

DonH
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DonH 12/15/08 - 07:58 am
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No one has said it yet, so I

No one has said it yet, so I will. The rioitors need to ask themselves, "What would President-elect Obama do in that situation?"

politicallyNcorrect1
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politicallyNcorrect1 12/15/08 - 08:01 am
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I can answer that Obama would

I can answer that Obama would do what he was told & if he felt he was being singled out he would settle that in a court room

Unbelievable
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Unbelievable 12/15/08 - 08:01 am
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I cant believe the number of

I cant believe the number of idiots siding with the drug/gun dealing car thief. Had he listened to the officers he wouldnt have gotten shot. Stupid is as stupid does.

psholder
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psholder 12/15/08 - 08:02 am
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I especially like that

I especially like that JUSTUS4 posts and runs and doesn't seem to like to back up his general and vague arguments. How will you even learn if you run and hide! Is that how school children learn these days?

pah4r
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pah4r 12/15/08 - 08:05 am
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All you naysayers, blaming

All you naysayers, blaming the deputies for protecting themselves and those in the hood from a thug who chose to be MR. MACHO attempting to flee from arrest. Put yourself in the deputies place and think for a second if you are capable of doing so: WHY WOULD ANY SANE, INNOCENT PERSON RAM POLICE, CONTINUALLY ATTEMPT TO FLEE UNLESS THEY ARE INTO SOMETHING TERRIBLY WRONG. Just maybe these wanta be thugs will wake up and start to understand there are repercussions for their war on society. NAH, it will never happen because there will always be those who will accept their actions, and blame others, if it does not affect them personally.

MeinAugusta2
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MeinAugusta2 12/15/08 - 08:06 am
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Oh, another criminal has been

Oh, another criminal has been shot. What a shame. It does not make any difference what color the person is, if they are committing a crime, it is going to catch up with them. This person put himself in this predicamen and the police were only doing their jobs. All of the other people should have stayed in their homes, minding their own business. Why does EVERYTHING in Augusta have to be about race? I have just about gotten to the point that it makes me sick. What are we teaching our children, folks?? Please, for the sake of our children, let's all grow up and act like adults. If everyone would do what was right to begin with, there wouldn't be this type of garbage going on ALL THE TIME!

PTHS225
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PTHS225 12/15/08 - 08:06 am
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Hypo - You are right on this

Hypo - You are right on this morning, man.

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 12/15/08 - 08:13 am
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Of course, this is being

Of course, this is being turned into a racial issue. Typical of some Augusta mentality. Augusta, you should be soooo proud!

donnymack
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donnymack 12/15/08 - 08:14 am
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And if a police officer would

And if a police officer would have been maimed or killed by the perp,would the mob throw rocks him? Mob mentality is moronic at best and is usually hyped by only a handful of individuals and they get the lies started then stand back and look at the mass destuction of human dignity. Having seen first hand the overwhelming destruction in Miami's Liberty City and having one of my best friends killed there and another critically injured gives me the thinking that any mob should be coralled like a herd of wild jackasses.

politicallyNcorrect1
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politicallyNcorrect1 12/15/08 - 08:15 am
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Some have said what would

Some have said what would Obama do? He is man of good character, even when people were saying negitive things about him & his ties to a terrorist which were unfounded. He kept his cool & did not strike out with anger. He knows what it takes to bring CHANGE & what it does not take is change my violence. Or letting criminals go..if someone was trying to run over Obama do you think he would let them go? NO, If someone were trying to run over Obama or his family, do you think he would not care or would not shoot you if he had to. This whole thing has nothing to do with race or color. It's about RIGHT & WRONG AND IF YOUR INNOCENT? YOU DON'T RUN & YOU DO WHAT THE POLICE TELL YOU TO. INNOCENT PEOPLE DON'T TRY TO RUN PEOPLE DOWN WITH VEHICLE.

heartablazing
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heartablazing 12/15/08 - 08:16 am
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The folks with the negative

The folks with the negative additude against the sherriff's department should have to spend some quality time in these crime ridden neighborhoods and see what actually happens there on a daily basis. RCSO would be on the speed dial on their phones!!

gosh
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gosh 12/15/08 - 08:25 am
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My thanks to RCSO for getting

My thanks to RCSO for getting this piece of sh** of the streets...

christian134
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christian134 12/15/08 - 08:26 am
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These same vermin who seek to

These same vermin who seek to harm a police officer or a fireman are the first to yell for one and then complain when the officers or firemen are late in arriving....My son is a First Responder Firefighter...He and his fellow firefighters have the right to come home to their families unharmed just as the ones who seek to harm them would like for themselves and their own...This isn't about racism it is about rampant lawlessness in areas that are intimidated by the youth as well as middle age group...Many of the people, in my opinion, would like to just live in peace and have the knowledge that they will still have a home in the morning after...

augdowg
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augdowg 12/15/08 - 08:34 am
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Give the officer a RAISE !!

Give the officer a RAISE !! he just saved the TAX-PAYER a LOT of MONEY !!

REBEL LION
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REBEL LION 12/15/08 - 08:35 am
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thats why we put out the cd

thats why we put out the cd "georgia we have a problem" rebel lion will stand up for yall aug we got you dec 20 soul bar we are still fighting enemies video trackwalker.net www.myspace.com/rebelionisd and if u did not know that man u can not judge him at all thats reality so know all them negative comments those people are the real ignorant ones rebel lion lets get it

MeinAugusta2
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MeinAugusta2 12/15/08 - 08:38 am
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Unbelievable - You are right

Unbelievable - You are right - Stupid is as stupid does. If the person would have stopped when he was told to, all of this could have been prevented. I cannot understand the mentality that makes one think they are going to be able to outrun the police. Now there’s another family that will have an unhappy Christmas, when all the criminal had to do was 1) not commit a crime and/or 2) stop when confronted. May God bless the family and the Sheriff’s Department. The deputies were only doing their jobs. Keep up the good work, officers. Somehow we need to take back our streets and make it safe again for our children and for us.

REBEL LION
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REBEL LION 12/15/08 - 08:38 am
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hahaha more drugs in columbia

hahaha more drugs in columbia county than u can believe.sunset amount of drugs nothin compared to the wide wide variety of drugs in col county so please white people are not handled the same way as blacks thats a fact u people are funny

georgia we have a problem

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 12/15/08 - 08:40 am
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Well if he had just did what

Well if he had just did what was asked of him by the officers, this wouldn't be an issue right now. If you innocent STAY PUT, get arrested and SUE later. I just hope there were guns and drugs in the SUV if not OH BOY.

taxedtodeath
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taxedtodeath 12/15/08 - 08:40 am
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If you are stupid enough to

If you are stupid enough to force a guy with a gun and billy club to decide whether to or not to shoot you, you got to be prepared for whatever decision he makes. If not, don't put him in a position to have make a choice. If you are gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough>

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55 F-100 12/15/08 - 08:41 am
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GUN CONTROL is being able to

GUN CONTROL is being able to hit your target. Point anything that resembles a revolver, pistol, automatic, long gun, or shotgun at a law enforcement officer, and YOU WILL BE THE RECEIPIENT OF A GUNSHOT WOUND!!!!!!!!!!!!! Red or Yellow, Black or White, they are in the crosshairs of my sight, FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These officers deserve a commendation for their marksmanship, and the maggot victim got exactly what he deserves. MOVE ON!!!

yak11
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yak11 12/15/08 - 08:44 am
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Now Justus...this incident

Now Justus...this incident was the perfect example of "Gun Control" Meaning close shot pattern.

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