GBI Using Laser System to Reconstruct Bibb Deputy Shootings

GBI Using Laser System to Reconstruct Bibb Deputy Shootings

"We were out on the first officer shooting when we got the call to investigate the second officer shooting," said GBI agent Joseph Ricketson.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The GBI is using laser technology to recreate scenes of two separate Bibb County Deputy involved shootings. 

In the first shooting Bibb County Sheriff's Investigator Clayton Sutton shot a dog who charged at him, afterwards two people complained of injuries, according to Bibb County Sheriff David Davis. The incident happened Thursday, around 1:30 p.m., in the 1400 block of Brentwood Ave.

The dog was treated by a local veterinarian and remains in stable condition.

"We do not investigate dog shootings," said GBI agent, Joseph Ricketson. "We are trying to find out if the injuries were from the officer's hand gun. The dog is a neighborhood dog, no one owns her and has two puppies. We believe when she charged the officers she was just protecting her puppies."

Ricketson said Sutton fired two rounds, and one struck the dog.

"We saw strike marks where the bullets hit the sidewalk and found pieces of copper and lead," said the GBI agent. "Once they hit a solid structure like a sidewalk, the projectile can go in a thousand different directions. Both of them claimed they were hit when the bullets ricochet from the bullets being fired."

Sheriff Davis said Sutton and investigator, John Horne chased two suspects. The suspects split up and the one Horne was chasing ran off.

Sutton was in pursuit of man, later identified as Shawn Maurice Taylor, 42, of Macon when Taylor tried to jumped a fence, and a dog charged toward Sutton and Taylor. That is when the investigator shot the dog, according to a Bibb County Sheriff Office news release.

Taylor and a man standing outside of a nearby house, Soloman Mays, complained of injuries. Mays was treated at the scene. Taylor was treated and released from the Medical Center of Central Georgia, according to the release.

Taylor has been charged with Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute-Felony and Obstruction misdemeanor.

"We were out on the first officer shooting when we got the call to investigate the second shooting," said Ricketson.

GBI Crime Scene Specialist joined the agents at both crime scenes. They are using the LEICA system to reconstruct both shootings.

"It will give us the exact measurement of the fired shots," said Ricketson.

Ricketson said his agents were already stretched pretty thin. Some of them were working an incident in Dooly County, where a deputy was accused of using excessive force.

Hours later, another Bibb County Deputy was involved in a shooting. The incident happened Thursday, around 6 p.m., in the Village Green area.

"I reached out and got agents from Milledgeville to assist us," he said.

Bibb County Sheriff's Office was in the area in response to residents complaints.
Deputies spotted a Tan Ford Expedition speeding through the neighborhood. Witnesses told deputies when Sgt. Johnson stopped the SUV the driver, identified as Walter Cornelius Smith of Macon brandished a gun, and shots were fired, according to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office news release.

"He drove off and made a right on Satterfield and jumped out of the car," said Ricketson.

Smith took off on foot and ran to his home, 5751  Satterfield Drive. He tried to get inside through a side door that had been blocked with rope tied around a nail. That's when deputy caught up with Smith in one of his neighbor's backyard and arrested him, said the GBI agent.

The Ford Expedition was taken to a GBI bay, he added.

GBI agents canvassed both neighborhoods where the shootings occurred tom interview witnesses.

Anyone with information about either of the shootings is asked to call the GBI at 987-4545.

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