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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KingJames
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KingJames 11/18/09 - 12:08 pm
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Notreally, that means you

Notreally, that means you just stereotyped certain criminal behavior as that which would most likely be committed by a black person. Think again.

smartie
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smartie 11/18/09 - 12:08 pm
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well, it's a tragedy.

well, it's a tragedy. regardless of what we come up with here. i've always heard, no matter how bad you think it is, it could be worse. i lost my only brother at a young age. my father soon followed. life is precious. perhaps, you might read about the mccormick county deputy recovering in the hospital this morning. it'll offer another perspective. i wish peace for all involved.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 11/18/09 - 12:09 pm
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Notreally, what I think about

Notreally, what I think about is the fact that nobody knew what the race of the man was and made their posts accordingly. You assumed that it was a black man and went on a rant based on this assumption. Once race was established the only one who reacted to the news was you! Nobody else batted an eye because it truly was a matter of a criminal being shot by police and not a black/white issue like you were trying so hard to make it become. This speaks volumes about what you really are.....

corgimom
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corgimom 11/18/09 - 12:09 pm
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"He knew what was coming in

"He knew what was coming in terms of jail time and he knew he couldn't avoid it." He was the one that chose to sell drugs. He was the one that chose a criminal life. He's just like all the other criminals that want easy money, do wrong, but don't want to accept the consequences. He chose all that he did. Stop trying to excuse that scum. He knew what he was getting into.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 11/18/09 - 12:11 pm
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I wonder if people will be

I wonder if people will be "marching" on Ohio Ave tonight with the New Black Panthers and holding a candlelight vigil and throwing bottles at police in protest of shooting a known criminal who attempted to injure a law enforcement officer?

Notreally
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Notreally 11/18/09 - 12:13 pm
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Ummm no it doesn't LOL

Ummm no it doesn't LOL Rolling Eyes and keep rolling them LOL. 9 times out of 10 headlines like this across the land the perp is usually black (the one getting shot) and the shooter (the officers) are usually white, that's a fact. King James that's all I'm saying.

Mwilli5009
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Mwilli5009 11/18/09 - 12:14 pm
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Cobalt: Are you implying that

Cobalt: Are you implying that the judicial system is flawless and successful at every attempt of subduing those who violate it? Do you believe three officers should have been capable of stopping one man in a vehicle without resorting to killing him, considering their numbers, training, and ability to strengthen their numbers in little time? I do wish for a system that did not give so much power to men who become enthralled by the rush of swift justice. What is more, the men at the top tend to let those slide in situations such as this with minimal inquiry.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 11/18/09 - 12:17 pm
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All of your posts keep them

All of your posts keep them rolling Notreally. But then they always do that when I read a pack of hooey.

Notreally
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Notreally 11/18/09 - 12:18 pm
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baronvonreich they might you

baronvonreich they might you just never know.

Notreally
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Notreally 11/18/09 - 12:19 pm
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Then stop reading packs of

Then stop reading packs of hooey Rolling Eyes, it might help your eyes LOL.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/18/09 - 12:21 pm
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I have no idea as to why my

I have no idea as to why my post was removed. I, in no way made any comment that would cause it to be removed. Nothing near to some of the comments made today on this issue. If you know, I will stand corrected!!

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 11/18/09 - 12:21 pm
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Try writing sensible posts

Try writing sensible posts Notreally then I won't need to stop reading your comments. ;-)

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 11/18/09 - 12:23 pm
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sharpton and jackson won't

sharpton and jackson won't get on this because the guy that was shot is not black. Nice job by the RCSO for ridding the city of another drug dealer. Thanks!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/18/09 - 12:25 pm
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AC, you have my email

AC, you have my email address...inform me in writing.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 11/18/09 - 12:26 pm
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Pray for the Richmond County

Pray for the Richmond County deputies involved in the shooting and their families. These incidents have a lasting psychological impact on them. They want to get home to their families too.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/18/09 - 12:27 pm
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don't hold your breath Cobalt

don't hold your breath Cobalt George.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 11/18/09 - 12:31 pm
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Oh well he got what he

Oh well he got what he deserved.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/18/09 - 12:34 pm
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AC, You can't give me a

AC, You can't give me a reason "Can You". You know what every reason you have I will hit you with a 1000 non removed post!!

corgimom
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corgimom 11/18/09 - 12:38 pm
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Mwilli: Here's the bottom

Mwilli: Here's the bottom line. Do you think that the police officer deserved to die when Nestor tried to run him down? Do police officers have the right to protect themselves from bodily harm? Nestor did this. Nobody told him to try to get away, that was his choice. /All the training in the world doesn't stop anybody from getting run down, and you just don't seem to understand that.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 11/18/09 - 12:38 pm
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Sometimes it just happens

Sometimes it just happens George.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/18/09 - 12:39 pm
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pray and support the brave

pray and support the brave law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line everyday and thankfully did what is necessary to protect themselves, each other so they may return to their families safe..as for the deceased...well i feel for his family but he got what he deserved..when the authorities say stop..then stop

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/18/09 - 12:40 pm
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Mwilli5009, I do believe you

Mwilli5009, I do believe you have been misinformed concerning an officer pulling his firearm. An officer is trained that when he has to pull his weapon and fire that weapon, he is shooting to kill, not to stop, not to wound, not to slow down, or anything else. His training is to stop (Kill) the threat. So for future reference, if an officer pulls his gun, best stop in your tracks and listen to what he says. These officers are not going to shoot to wound because then that puts their lives in danger and they too want to go home to their families.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/18/09 - 12:41 pm
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Happenings don't happen

Happenings don't happen without a reason and I want to know the reason..waiting AC

sevw626
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sevw626 11/18/09 - 12:41 pm
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Why would the Black

Why would the Black panthers,Al Sharpton, Don King and whomever else come out and march for him? They didn't come out for the young man shot in Cherry Tree last year. Some of you should invest your time, energy, and anger in something productive like your community.

jericojones
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jericojones 11/18/09 - 12:49 pm
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King James, i commend you,

King James, i commend you, but just because you don't allow it in your house and notreally has to put in his counterfeit two cents worth in, doesn't make it not a culture thing. I hear it all too often from blacks and whites who want to be black using it towards each other. It is a "culture" the getto culture!

jericojones
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jericojones 11/18/09 - 12:54 pm
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If you don't try to run over

If you don't try to run over a police officer, you won't get shot!

sevw626
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sevw626 11/18/09 - 12:55 pm
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Methallica, they called

Methallica, they called themselves that, but they were not in fact members of the new black Panthers. Kind of like if some of his supporters called themselves the IE to support him. YOU can call yourself anything.Anywhoo, when are we going to read about the Judge who sold these babies in Augusta? Come on Chronical, this made news way out here in Colorado Springs....waiting

mable8
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mable8 11/18/09 - 12:57 pm
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onlyinaugusta: "I've never

onlyinaugusta: "I've never read where cops have gunned down a white suspect." So the suspect in this article is green? How ignorant can you possibly get? Did no one ever tell you that violence begets violence or those who live by the sword, die by the sword? Society can be very forgiving, but not when it involves the wanton killings of other human beings or crimes against children.

sevw626
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sevw626 11/18/09 - 12:58 pm
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The N word has no power

The N word has no power anymore. Blacks took it and made all other races afraid to use it and actually made it apart of teenie booper culture. trust me no non black person would say that outloud without fear of extreme backlash and even a severe butt kicking.

jericojones
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jericojones 11/18/09 - 01:02 pm
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backlash, maybe, buttkicking

backlash, maybe, buttkicking works both ways!

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