Witness reacts to fatal Eastman police shooting
EASTMAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A man who says he looked on as an Eastman police officer was shot says he’s still in shock and wants the violence to stop in his neighborhood.
Edward Wilcox has lived on Main Street in Eastman for nearly 50 years.
He says Saturday’s shooting that killed Officer Tim Smith has left him nervous to go outside.
“It’s scary, you know, I go out now and I’m looking behind me, in front of me, seeing is anybody behind me,” Wilcox said.
Smith was shot and killed feet away from Wilcox’s front doorstep.
Eastman Police Chief Becky Sheffield says it’s the first time one of her officers lost their lives this way.
“We’ve had an officer that was killed an a car wreck, but we’ve never had one like this,” Sheffield said.
Wilcox remembers the night vividly watching another officer and medical staff try to keep Smith alive.
“So as the ambulance got there, they were still trying to keep him awake. Tim, Tim, stay with us Tim,” Wilcox said remembering the moments.
He died a short time later.
Wilcox pointed out violence isn’t uncommon in the neighborhood.
“Ten years maybe, or maybe less than that, it got infested back there. There’s so much happening back there. I don’t even go on that street,” Wilcox said.
A concern for him and his family.
“I was shook up. My wife was shook up,” Wilcox said.
He says while the accused killer was arrested, it’ll trouble him for some time.
“It’s just nerve-wracking, you know what I mean,” Wilcox said.
According to the GBI, Officer Smith was shot one time in the torso. He wasn’t wearing a bullet proof vest.