Police wound hostage taker as she holds knife to child's throat

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 4:53 PM
Last updated 9:47 PM
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The Richmond County SWAT team ended a Christmas Day standoff by shooting a woman as she held a butcher knife to a 5-year-old’s throat.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength said 2½ hours of negotiations did not appear to be easing tensions, and the woman, identified as Georgette Reid, was getting increasingly “dramatic.”

Fearing for the child’s life, the SWAT team set off two diversionary flash grenades and entered the Sunny Day Drive home in south Augusta .

The standoff began about 3 p.m. Thursday after a call to the police about a disturbance involving a knife, Sheriff Strength said. When a deputy arrived, Latoya Lewis ran up to him with “severe” cuts to her head and arm, saying her son was in danger of being harmed by Ms. Reid.

Police officers tried to enter the residence, but Ms. Reid refused to let them inside, barricading herself in a back room .

“We were advised by her if anybody came in she would cut the child’s throat,” the sheriff said.

More than a dozen marked cars, the Richmond County SWAT team and a mobile command center were dispatched to the scene. Road deputies blocked the entrance to the neighborhood and closed a portion of Brown Road around the area.

“The conversation was getting more dramatic with the hostage-taker, and we felt the child’s life was in danger,” Sheriff Strength said.

At 5:38 p.m., two loud bangs, accompanied by bright flashes, were heard behind the residence.

That provided a second or two diversion, Sheriff Strength said.

The first SWAT team member who entered the back room saw the butcher knife pressed against the child’s throat, shot Ms. Reid in the shoulder, quickly grabbed the child and took him out of the room.

The conditions of the boy and Ms. Reid were not made public Thursday night.

The child was undergoing surgery at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics, the sheriff said.

Ms. Reid’s injuries did not appear life-threatening, he said.

The GBI was called in to investigate as it does routinely in police-related shootings . It was the third in Richmond County in just over a month. Two others resulted in deaths.

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HillGuy
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HillGuy 12/25/08 - 06:16 pm
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Merry Christmas.. Not

Merry Christmas..
Not surprising though this happening on Christmas Day on the Jerry Springer side of town.

patel99
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patel99 12/25/08 - 07:04 pm
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that was not called for,

that was not called for, columbia county.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 12/25/08 - 07:22 pm
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She probably ran out of Busch

She probably ran out of Busch Beer and couldn't buy more because the stores were closed.

MR.Kojak
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MR.Kojak 12/25/08 - 08:06 pm
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Please tell me why? If you

Please tell me why? If you put God first in your lives you wouldn't think to do something so stupid!!!!!!!! IT'S CHRISTMAS,

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 12/25/08 - 08:16 pm
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The RCSO SWAT, unlike too

The RCSO SWAT, unlike too many school administrators, will stop the buck.

pizzato
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pizzato 12/25/08 - 08:46 pm
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I guess she didn't get what

I guess she didn't get what she wanted so she took it out on the kid?

Rose
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Rose 12/25/08 - 08:46 pm
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why didn't they shoot to kill

why didn't they shoot to kill her?

marley
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marley 12/25/08 - 08:47 pm
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Bless the RCSO SWAT team that

Bless the RCSO SWAT team that had to give up their Christmas Day with families to save this child.

anotherday
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anotherday 12/25/08 - 08:48 pm
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Who knew I lived by the Jerry

Who knew I lived by the Jerry Springer folks. I live off Brown Rd and we have a nice quiet neighborhood where the families are very involved in their childrens lives.
We are a church going family and always know where our kids are. We spent they day with family and did not have any drama ( except who forgot the pie).
Don't we have bigger thing to do than name calling and which county we live in. I would think we should be worrying about that poor 5 year old that now will remember this Christmas as the one that he was used as a human shield.
Get a grip people- remember the children

Rose
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Rose 12/25/08 - 08:50 pm
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Of course some will say poor

Of course some will say poor thing had problems. I don't care what problems she had, she deserves to be shot dead for holding a knife to that child's throat.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 12/25/08 - 09:06 pm
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Baroness was probably her

Baroness was probably her neighbor and she had been trying for years to get help....only to have her house robbed...yadda, yadda, yadda. Thanks SWAT for taking time away from your family to help save this child. God bless and the kid.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 12/25/08 - 09:24 pm
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This is what happens when you

This is what happens when you give mom an iron for Christmas.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 12/25/08 - 09:53 pm
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Still I think the most white

Still I think the most white trash event to occur in South Augusta was the guy who hit his wife in the head with a hammer for drinking the last beer.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 12/25/08 - 09:57 pm
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Hey...that wasn't funny! I

Hey...that wasn't funny! I had to walk to the quik shop for more beer...and I was real thirsty. She deserved it.......

tybee93
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tybee93 12/25/08 - 10:19 pm
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screw you hill guy.....

screw you hill guy.....

SIGHER
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SIGHER 12/25/08 - 10:33 pm
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Lover's quarrel? Drug deal

Lover's quarrel? Drug deal gone bad? Bad gift? No gift? Sour Egg nog? Who knows...but I'll be damned if I'd leave my child alone with a schizo!

geraldthe01
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geraldthe01 12/25/08 - 10:47 pm
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Not alot of comments on this

Not alot of comments on this one!......i wonder why? could it be because they were .the other skin tone, Augusta chronicle sucks,but i really hate it for the kid. where is her picture

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/25/08 - 10:52 pm
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No.... it couldn't be the

No.... it couldn't be the fact that it is Christmas and most people are probably busy today could it... how can you even tell the race from this small piece of info???!!! It always has to be a race thing instead of just a criminal thing doesn't it?? Moron!!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/25/08 - 10:57 pm
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Thank God the child was not

Thank God the child was not hurt was going to be my comment but, now that they have updated it... how is he in surgery?? Reflex from when she was shot? Not a smooth rescue?? My prayers for the child!!! This woman is sick and should be locked away for life!!!!! Can't wait to hear the details on this one!!!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/25/08 - 11:38 pm
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Holiday stress is a product

Holiday stress is a product of our lifestyle. Family support seems to be the cure. Who knew personal responsibility was so important?

marien
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marien 12/25/08 - 11:41 pm
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I'm happy that the child is

I'm happy that the child is okay, this is no joke it does not matter where you live there are good and bad people everywhere. Just check out the response on this and other posting on the chronicle. God Bless the child and keep him safe.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 12/25/08 - 11:42 pm
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It is obvious that this

It is obvious that this person has some type of mental disorder. The fact that she was wounded in the shoulder was that it was the S.W.A.T. Team and not a road deputy. They are usually better shooters than a road patrol deputy.

turnleft2winfan888
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turnleft2winfan888 12/25/08 - 11:46 pm
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Wow, it is true. Augusta is

Wow, it is true. Augusta is filled with a bunch of self-absorbed, inconsiderate, selfish, snotty, people. When I say AUGUSTA, that includes both Richmond and Columbia County residents. People, get a life and stop being so inconsiderate and insecure. If you have self esteem issues and find the need to compare the pros and cons of counties to make u feel better, look in the phone book and seek some professional help. It is people like u that make Augusta the most undesirable place to live. Have symphathy for people and stop making this a county issue, which is the same as making this racial issues.

Blynnk
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Blynnk 12/25/08 - 11:53 pm
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Geraldthe01, how the devil

Geraldthe01, how the devil can you assume these people's race? And why the heck does that even matter? You are ridiculous for even spouting that nonsense. Oh, by the way, they were not white. And the poor child will be okay physically, but I'm sure he'll be having nightmares for years after what that lunatic did to him. Thank goodness he and the other woman are okay. And Rose, the police aren't trained to shoot to kill. They are trained to stop the threat. If death results, that is a byproduct of stopping the threat, not an intentional act.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/26/08 - 12:14 am
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We have a fabulous Sheriff

We have a fabulous Sheriff and deputies.

dgoo1269
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dgoo1269 12/26/08 - 12:24 am
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hypocrite, you're right she

hypocrite, you're right she was probably unstable; however, the SWAT team trains for just such situations daily. They have become quite proficient at these situations. As for the road deputy's, that you have such distain for, they don't get quit as much range time as SWAT and last time I heard they don't have people driving cars at them to see if they can hit them in the shoulder. I'm sure those guys didn't enjoy that situation and probably wished it never happened.Contempt prior to investigation.

Rose
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Rose 12/26/08 - 12:39 am
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So the child was undergoing

So the child was undergoing surgery. Someone should have taken a better shot at the woman. I still say any person who harms a child does not deserve to live. I have nothing but contempt for that person.

JohnSmith2
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JohnSmith2 12/26/08 - 12:47 am
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Wow ... Rose they saved the

Wow ... Rose they saved the childs life and your are going to Monday morning quartback their actions. Maybe it was the only shot they had and its possible that they had to moved because she was causing harm to the child and the negotiations failed. You know real life its not always how you see it on TV...
I'm just thankful that the child is still alive after being held captive by that lunatic.

HaveAHeart
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HaveAHeart 12/26/08 - 12:58 am
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OK, so I may be the first to

OK, so I may be the first to stand behind and support Freedom of Speech...However, I think that after reading the "Reader's Comments" its time to remove the comments section from this and all publications! This is a very sad and disturbing turn of events and should be taken seriously by all. If someone has an opinion and wishes it to be published a letter to the editor could be composed and submitted after, and only after a lot of thought has been put in it.

aaa
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aaa 12/26/08 - 01:29 am
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Some articles simply should

Some articles simply should not include the "readers comments" section. Augusta Chronicle: Keep the comments section to the political articles, not tragedies like this.

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