District Attorney won't charge policeman in fatal shooting

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LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- The Jefferson County District Attorney will not file charges against a Wadley police officer who shot a man two months ago.

District Attorney Hayward Altman announced the decision earlier this week.

Cpl. Patrick Paquette, a part-time officer for the police department and a full-time school board officer at Tubman Middle School in Augusta, shot Jerry Conner on April 3 in Wadley when Mr. Conner approached him with a knife, according to police accounts.

Wadley Police Chief Wesley Lewis said Mr. Conner did not comply when officers ordered him to drop the weapon.

The GBI investigated the shooting and provided a report to the district attorney last month.

Mr. Paquette has been on administrative leave from the Wrens Police Department since the shooting, but Chief Lewis said he would be put back on active duty.

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Asitisinaug 07/03/09 - 05:28 pm
Correct Article Title:

Correct Article Title: Police Officer justified in shooting knife wielding criminal. I love how the titles of these articles always try sell papers instead of acurately reporting the news. This man attacked one police officer and almost a second requiring him to be shot. Officer Paquette, reacting exactly according to his training took the appropriate action, as he is expected to do. We should be praising this and every other officer placed in a similar situation that reacts the same as they have made the world a safer place to live. This officer ensured his safety, his fellow officers safety and the safety of the family memeber who were asking from help from the police. Thank God for officers such as this and the many other fine officers in the CSRA.

jaquinton 07/12/09 - 07:28 pm
I guess Jeffersn County being

I guess Jeffersn County being so small warranted this pretty quick and easy write-up in a major paper. It doesnt give much detail at all and I for one would like to know what that GBI report said.

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