Richmond County deputies involved in shooting identified

Monday, Dec. 15, 2008 5:07 PM
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The Richmond County Sheriff's Office released the identities of two deputies involved in Sunday's shooting at Cherry Tree Crossing housing project.

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Jose J. Ortiz  RCSO/Special
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Jose J. Ortiz

They are Deputy Michael Hodge and Deputy Jose Ortiz, authorities said this afternoon.

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me too 12/15/08 - 06:18 pm
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Two fine officers, just doing

Two fine officers, just doing their job, risking their lives in an ungrateful community. I'm glad they weren't hurt.

DaveMustaineRules
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DaveMustaineRules 12/15/08 - 06:23 pm
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These men served our

These men served our community well by preventing a violent thug from causing any more damage. Well done.

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ripjones 12/15/08 - 06:38 pm
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Great job you two !! I

Great job you two !! I understand that this is the first time that either of you have had to draw your weapon. Hopefully this will be only time you have to do so, but unfortunately, probably not. You upheld the oath you took, to serve and protect. Thank you both. Rip

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dgoo1269 12/15/08 - 06:41 pm
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I find it truly amazing that

I find it truly amazing that there are only two posts here, when there are over 250 on the other articles related to this incident. All the people talking bad of the SO and the deputies involved weren't expecting this (the ethnicity of the deputies), huh? Good job guys, keep up the good work.

hoser123
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hoser123 12/15/08 - 06:52 pm
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I know and worked with both

I know and worked with both of these guys on C-shift. They are good and honest people.

nofrills
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nofrills 12/15/08 - 07:03 pm
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I wish they wouldn't have put

I wish they wouldn't have put their name out in the public. Now they and their families will be a target of every racist in Augusta. They are good officers and deserve to be recognized for their courage.

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gogbd 12/15/08 - 07:20 pm
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Deputy Hodge amd Deputy Ortiz

Deputy Hodge amd Deputy Ortiz , Thank you for your selfless service to this community and not all of us at Cherry Tree act like fools. We need more deputies like you

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simplelesson 12/15/08 - 07:24 pm
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Gentlemen, thanks for doing

Gentlemen, thanks for doing your job. Working in a neighborhood that does not appreciate your service must be discouraging but thanks for serving the community.

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ashamedreader 12/15/08 - 07:26 pm
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Good Job guys!! We need more

Good Job guys!! We need more deputies like you!!!! Thank you for keeping our community safe!!!!! I know one of the deputies and he is an outstanding person! He would have never shot unless he needed to! Thank you again for risking your life to protect ours!

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Batman 12/15/08 - 07:40 pm
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Great job guys. We really

Great job guys. We really appreciate brave men like you. Keep up the good work. Have a Merry Christmas!

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KSL 12/15/08 - 07:40 pm
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Good job, deputies.

Good job, deputies.

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Dixieman 12/15/08 - 07:53 pm
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Great job; thanks. Hope the

Great job; thanks. Hope the Chron's posting of their names does not put them or their families in danger!!!

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wwjd 12/15/08 - 07:53 pm
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Good job guys. We need more

Good job guys. We need more people like you. Our children are growing up in situations such as this and can't get out of it. God bless those who live in these communities that can't, for whatever reason relocate. There is a God, He gave his only son that we might have everlasting life. That son's name is Jesus. I pray for the family of the one who was shot. This young man has a mother, a dad, a sister or brother that loves him. I pray for his soul. Jesus comes to save that which was lost. It's not a white or black thing, it is a time that all people come together to stop situations like this from happening. How do we do this? By doing like the Bible say's. Bring a child up in the way that is right, and when they grow old they will not depart from it. It start's at home. We want America back. ONE nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for ALL. In times like this Christians need to pray, not condemn. I am a minister of the Gospel. Please join me in praying for all involved. There is enough hate in this world. We must Love one another. The Bible say's the greatest of these is Love. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

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BOBO 12/15/08 - 08:13 pm
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I am sorry this happened, But

I am sorry this happened, But you did what you trained to do to protect yourself and society.. It is to bad some of the locals did what they were trained to do, throw rocks, burn and damage and make a fuss about something they have no clue about. Whats new
the honest tax payers support the did honest...

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Just My Opinion 12/15/08 - 08:22 pm
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"To Serve and To Protect"!

"To Serve and To Protect"! Thank you for doing just that! One of the main tenets of your job is to come home safely to your family everyday...do not ever forget that. In your line of work, you have to take the good with the bad. Thank you again.

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FallingLeaves 12/15/08 - 08:26 pm
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On Channel 6 it says Deputy

On Channel 6 it says Deputy Rivera. I think Ortiz is the right name, though. Anyway, someone might want to double check here and there. I'll check Channel 6 again, see if they've changed it to Ortiz.

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FallingLeaves 12/15/08 - 08:29 pm
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I am extremely concerned

I am extremely concerned about these officers safety and also the safety of the law-abiding citizens in Cherry Tree Crossing that the rioters are endangering by their behavior. I hope that things have calmed down by now.

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SoonerorLater 12/15/08 - 08:31 pm
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The lawful citizens of the

The lawful citizens of the CSRA appreciate the hard work of these deputies to serve and protect our community. Thanks for protecting our community from armed thugs.

Why ME
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Why ME 12/15/08 - 08:34 pm
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Okay Chronicle, what purpose

Okay Chronicle, what purpose does it serve having these names public?

IAmFree
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IAmFree 12/15/08 - 08:44 pm
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I am woundering if it was

I am woundering if it was your family member would you guys or should I say you white folks feel the same.

iluvme
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iluvme 12/15/08 - 08:52 pm
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Yes I am back and ready for

Yes I am back and ready for the insults

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/15/08 - 08:54 pm
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Channel 12 says his full name

Channel 12 says his full name is Jose Rivera Ortiz. Someone probably just accidentally dropped the Ortiz in the story on 6. I also wish they would keep a lid on the officers names until things calmed down. And I don't know exactly what IAmFree's comment is getting at, but I'm not white nor black. There are other races, although you wouldn't think so by reading the daily posts here.

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iluvme 12/15/08 - 09:01 pm
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Well baroness I was called an

Well baroness I was called an idiot and a racist all night because I simply stated my opinion because I grew up there and witnessed the altercation on yesterday. My whole thing is...no matter how wretched or criminal anyone is you should still have some form of respect for a human life. Grant it, he may have had trouble with the law in the past but a mother is at the hospital crying her eyes out because she doesnt want to let her son go.

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Signal Always 12/15/08 - 09:03 pm
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Yeah, the deputies should

Yeah, the deputies should have just let the dirtbag run over them. Right? Some of you people are f'n idiots.

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iluvme 12/15/08 - 09:06 pm
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I didnt say let him run over

I didnt say let him run over them....just forget it! LOL This is ridiculous

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hossiv 12/15/08 - 09:12 pm
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Iluveme, You talk about

Iluveme,

You talk about disrespect of human life? Obviously this is all alleged but its pretty clear the "victim" didnt have much respect for human life either. This guy, "allegedly" had guns and drugs that could be seen through the window in the car and tried to run over one of the officers who had gotten out of the car. Would you have preferred a wild, high speed chase that could've killed one your students crossing the street? These guys had to stop this guy before a law abiding citizen was hurt or killed. I'm not calling you any names, and I'm sorry for his mother, but HELLO! Think about who is really disrespecting human life here.

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htj 12/15/08 - 09:20 pm
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Thanks to all of the deputies

Thanks to all of the deputies who put their lives on the line every time they go to work, doing the job they were trained to do; and that is serve and protect ALL of the people. Then some one comes along like this guy, and unfortunately, the outcome is bad. The deputies were only doing their job, give them a pat on the back, not insults.

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nofrills 12/15/08 - 09:23 pm
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Iluvme you should show a

Iluvme you should show a little respect tonight, you cried murderer last night, claimed you saw the whole thing, claimed a shot was fired at a baby. Then you claimed you were a teacher. I think you are just as bad as the people who were throwing rocks and lighting fires. I told the truth last night and today I talked to my friends who by the way gave a signed statement of what they saw and what the real shame is the fact that the people who are good living there were given a bad reputation because of a handful of thugs. Hope you feel proud tonight when you look in the mirror.

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spdermn78 12/15/08 - 09:23 pm
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iluveme why are you on here

iluveme why are you on here with your fictious rants. Why arent you out there in cherry tree talking to all the young brothers and sisters? You may have been there but you were not driving a marked unit or wearing a uniform. Upon sight of law enforcement he chose to put the vehicle in gear and try to run over deputies. Why didnt he do like most of the other dope boyz.. Jump out of the car, run inside of a nearby house and hide. I'll tell you.. because he wanted to get away with his dope and guns. What kind of sad rant would you be posting if the suspect made it out the parking spott and ran over several of your neighbors children that were playing harmless in the street. I bet you and your neighbors would be complaining to Ronnie Strength that there isnt enough police presence in the projects. That R.C.S.O doesnt care about black folks. I know times are hard and black folks in the projects need to take care of each other but c'mon now this is ridiculous. He chose his own fate.

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iluvme 12/15/08 - 09:34 pm
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Ok fine Im just wrong....I

Ok fine Im just wrong....I gave my statement as well but it doesnt matter now. I supposedly gave a untrue story remember. I never said that he was RIGHT IN WHATEVER IT WAS HE WAS DOING OR TRYING TO DO.....but after to speaking with a retired law enforcement officers it clearly could have been handled differently. But again it doesnt matter now.

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