Sheriff says narcotic officers had been watching man for a month

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 5:42 AM
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Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man while serving arrest warrants Tuesday night – the second fatal shooting by deputies in less than a week.

Three narcotics officers, Philip Hambrick, Jason Saal and Mike Swint, are on desk duty after shooting Michael Nestor, 30, multiple times after he tried to strike one of them with his car, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said in a press conference Wednesday morning.

The sheriff did not release photos of the officers, saying he didn’t want to jeopardize any ongoing cases. According to Sheriff Strength, the events unfolded this way:

The narcotics officers had been watching Mr. Nestor for about a month when they arrived at his home at 1918 Ohio Avenue on Tuesday at about 9 p.m. Wanted on several drug charges, including possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of methadone among others, Mr. Nestor spotted the deputies as they walked toward his driveway. He was sitting in the driver seat of his Oldsmobile when Investigator Saal approached from the rear and Investigators Hambrick and Swint came to his driver-side door with weapons drawn. They ordered him out of the car but Mr. Nestor backed toward Investigator Saal and the officers fired.

Early indications are that Mr. Nestor was struck in the left arm and the neck, Sheriff Strength said. Mr. Nestor’s car traveled about 200 feet where he abandoned the vehicle and collapsed in a nearby yard.

Sheriff Strength said the investigators were not wearing their standard uniforms but did have on badges and department-issued rain jackets. They identified themselves as officers when they approached the car. No dash-cam video is available of the shooting because the officers parked a short distance from Mr. Nestor’s home and approached on foot to avoid alerting the suspect.

GBI investigators were searching his car Wednesday and the sheriff said he did not yet know whether they had found any weapons or narcotics inside. He did confirm that Mr. Nestor did not have a weapon on himself. Sheriff Strength said that he’d heard unconfirmed reports that Mr. Nestor may have been carrying a small amount of an unidentified narcotic.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections website, Mr. Nestor served just over a year in Dooly State Prison in Unadilla, Ga. from August 2002 to September 2003 on methamphetamine possession charges in Cobb and Gwinnet counties.

Mr. Nestor’s fatal shooting by sheriff deputies is the second such incident in less than a week and the fourth in less than 12 months.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is still looking into last week’s shooting of a 41-year old Terry Ramsey on November 12. Two deputies involved in that shooting, Sylvester Rosier and Chadwick Plueger, returned to active duty Tuesday night.

The sheriff defended his deputies’ actions and said he did not foresee any policy changes on the use of deadly force. Two other fatal shootings in 2008 were deemed justified by the GBI.

“We don’t wake up in the morning saying ‘let’s go out and see if we can get in a shoot-out,’” Sheriff Strength said. “Most of these guys are not thinking about that, they’re thinking about going home at the end of the day also.”

Background information and disciplinary files on the three officers were not immediately available Wednesday but at least one of the them had been previously disciplined. Investigator Hambrick was suspended 10 days for posting a picture of himself with his department-issued Glock handgun on his Myspace page in 2006. A fellow deputy was fired and another suspended as part of the same investigation.

When a reporter from the Chronicle called to find out more information about the deputies and their training, the sheriff’s secretary said he would not be taking anymore calls about the shooting Wednesday afternoon.

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Editor's note: An earlier version incorrectly identified the man killed by deputies as Michael Nester.

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RECENT POLICE SHOOTINGS

A look at other shootings involving Richmond County officers:

NOV. 24, 2008 - Investigator Tim Tobias fatally shot Joseph Gooden, 26. The 21-year veteran was working a special-duty assignment at Captain D's restaurant on Wrightsboro Road when Mr. Gooden, armed with a BB gun, robbed the restaurant. Mr. Gooden was killed in the shooting.

DEC. 14, 2008 - Deputies Jose Rivera Ortiz and Michael Hodge were responding to a tip about a man with drugs and weapons in an SUV when they boxed in Justin Leonard Elmore, 23, using their patrol cars in the Cherry Tree neighborhood. Deputies said Mr. Elmore rammed Deputy Hodge's car and drove toward Deputy Ortiz. The deputies fired on Mr. Elmore and he died several days later.

DEC. 25, 2008 - Deputy Scott White shot and wounded Georgette Reid during a hostage situation on Sunny Day Road in Hephzibah. Ms. Reid was fighting with her live-in girlfriend when she struck her in the head with a hammer and took her 4-year-old son hostage with a knife. As Deputy White entered the room, he shot Ms. Reid in the shoulder and pulled the boy away.

NOV. 12, 2009 - An Augusta man free on bond awaiting a murder trial was killed by Richmond County Sheriff's deputies Thursday when he refused to put down the knife he held to his wife's throat. Police said Terry Ramsey, 41, was shot when deputies responding to a phone call from his 14-year-old son, found him threatening his estranged wife Tameka Ramsey. He died at 4:49 a.m. at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting at 814 Metcalf St., and both deputies -- Chadwick Plueger and Sylvester Rosier -- have been placed on desk duty.

-- From staff reports

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

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ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/18/09 - 08:13 am
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Again, some have to bring

Again, some have to bring race into every thing. This was about a person attempting to run over a deputy and the deputies utilizing their training. As I stated before we do not appreciate the danger that they face on every single call that they respond to. What is hypocritical to me is that some of the same people praising this action will turn right around and condemn law enforcement for taking their patrol cars home or use them at specials in order to supplement their more than inadequate salaries.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/18/09 - 08:14 am
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" Dat be right". I guess that

" Dat be right". I guess that was a comical play on words?

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/18/09 - 08:15 am
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Ted Bundy was " highly

Ted Bundy was " highly educated and articulate", so what is your point?

jericojones
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jericojones 11/18/09 - 08:23 am
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isp, "dat be right!"

isp, "dat be right!"

LolaJean
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LolaJean 11/18/09 - 08:24 am
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Look out thugs of augusta.

Look out thugs of augusta. The po po is taking dead aim at your head if you do not comply. Thank God! Good Job RCPD!

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/18/09 - 08:34 am
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jericojones " uz b an idiot".

jericojones " uz b an idiot".

jericojones
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jericojones 11/18/09 - 08:35 am
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Da po po be lookin for some

Da po po be lookin for some mo mo!!!!!

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 11/18/09 - 08:41 am
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NBC Augusta 26 News has

NBC Augusta 26 News has learned Jason Saal, Philip Hambrick, and Michael Swint were the deputies involved in the shooting.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 11/18/09 - 08:42 am
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Hambrick was one of the

Hambrick was one of the officers suspended a couple of years ago for his MySpace acct. Doesn't look good for him.

wcorowitz
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wcorowitz 11/18/09 - 08:43 am
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Many patronizing people on

Many patronizing people on this website. I don't condone or make excuses, but have some compassion for this man's family. You don't have to have compassion for a criminal, but he was someone's son,brother,uncle, etc. We shouldn't gloat when law enforcement takes the life of a human being. You are making thier jobs harder by gloating about it. These officers were just doing thier jobs, thank them and move on. Don't antagonize people and stir up the community. Who's side are you on anyway?

Waymore
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Waymore 11/18/09 - 08:47 am
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Some of you are going to look

Some of you are going to look really foolish when the picture of the deceased is released. And then we'll know who the real racists are; assuming that perp was a minority because A) drugs were involved and B) he was shot by the police. Onlynaugusta and Juantez, you will have your
answer. Bigots.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 11/18/09 - 08:48 am
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pittsburg
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pittsburg 11/18/09 - 08:50 am
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We should support our law

We should support our law enforcement. Was the man shot kin to Justus?

KSL
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KSL 11/18/09 - 08:51 am
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On the side of the law

On the side of the law abiding citizens.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 11/18/09 - 08:52 am
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Smartie--Your comments are

Smartie--Your comments are certainly words of wisdom. If any one disagress with your comments they are the fool.

Notreally
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Notreally 11/18/09 - 08:55 am
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LOL the online white posters

LOL the online white posters here get EXCITED when a black man is killed by a cop? they RISE up and SHOUT, YEAH (among other things).

oldbutstilluseful
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oldbutstilluseful 11/18/09 - 09:07 am
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The mans record will speak

The mans record will speak for itself. I don't feel bad because he is off the street and not preying on other folks anymore. I do feel bad for his family. Whatever he was to the community, he still had a family that is mourning the loss. I feel bad for them and wish he had not made the fatal bad decision. I also feel bad for the deputies that are going through a tough time, no one looks forward to killing someone, and the investigation will not be a treat to endure either. We should feel bad for the family of the dead man as well as the deputies and let all this other BS go.

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InChristLove 11/18/09 - 09:08 am
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Keep stirring the racial

Keep stirring the racial discord jackfruitpaper "Notreally". Not all online white posters are EXCITED when a black man is killed. The article didn't say whether this man was black or white. Either way it's sad for the family. I commend the officer's for doing their job and pray for them and the family of this dead man.

wcorowitz
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wcorowitz 11/18/09 - 09:10 am
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SonofSambo---Let me

SonofSambo---Let me guess---You are white!!!!

terry67
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terry67 11/18/09 - 09:11 am
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http://chronicle.augusta.com/

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/latest/lat_101105_arrests.shtml The cops shot a white chump, he didn't learn. BANG BANG BANG - No Jessie, No Al, No Justass4, just a dead white boy who got what he asked for.

Notreally
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Notreally 11/18/09 - 09:11 am
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The [filtered word]s should hold a

The [filtered word]s should hold a rally at this man's house.

jericojones
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jericojones 11/18/09 - 09:12 am
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To the deputies, hold your

To the deputies, hold your head up and be proud of your service--you took a dope dealing scumbag off the street who will not have the opportunity to intice anyone else down that path of destruction. I commend you!

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peonynut 11/18/09 - 09:13 am
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Where in the article did it

Where in the article did it say he was black?

wcorowitz
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wcorowitz 11/18/09 - 09:15 am
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Stereotypes at it's worst!!

Stereotypes at it's worst!!

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 11/18/09 - 09:20 am
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Why does the Augusta

Why does the Augusta Chronicle post the Richmond County law enforcement shootings only????? There are many shootings by suspects towards Law Enforcement officers that doesn't make the newspapers.

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bankgirl 11/18/09 - 09:20 am
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smartie i agree with you..

smartie i agree with you.. give the cops their guns and send them out to get the low lifes off the streets.. while they are at it send them to the jails and clear them out to so my tax money isn't going to waste.. then maybe we could get some of these bad roads around here fixed.. and notreally why must you make it a black/white issue.. why can't it be man/woman/child.. why can't we just all be people.. i'll be praying for you and your parents that raised you to be a racist jerk..

1of the frontrowgang
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1of the frontrowgang 11/18/09 - 09:20 am
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Jail or death. He made his

Jail or death. He made his choice. Good work RCSD.

eachoneteachone
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eachoneteachone 11/18/09 - 09:20 am
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RCSD go! Take out the

RCSD go! Take out the trash!!!

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Reality 11/18/09 - 09:24 am
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I don't think the officers

I don't think the officers involved should have their names plastered all over the media. The officers will have a tough enough time getting over having to take a life....

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mattghughes 11/18/09 - 09:28 am
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Look guys. First of all this

Look guys. First of all this guy was white. NOT a black man. He was also a friend of mine who made some bad life choices. But all u a..holes who must talk bad about someone else to make youself feel like a big shot...go f#@k yourselves. You truly show your true ignorance when you talk that way. And get your facts straight next time.

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