Suspect who shot at deputy remains at large

UPDATED Friday at 2:55 p.m. — Suspect bolted on foot from traffic stop on northern edge of Fayette Co.; his mom urges him to surrender

A man who bolted on foot from a traffic stop in north Fayette County, and fired twice on a deputy, remains at large one day later, but his mother is attempting to convince him to turn himself in, officials said.

The brazen incident was caught on a patrol car's camera as a deputy attempted to use his taser on the suspect, but one of the probes missed rendering it ineffective, said sheriff's Maj. Bryan Woodie. In response the suspect pulled out a handgun and fired two shots at the deputy from about 10 feet away before taking off on foot, Woodie said.

The irony of the entire situation is that the suspect was pulled over for a simple seatbelt violation, and because he had no warrants out for his arrest, he was looking at a single citation for the incident, Woodie said. Now the suspect is on the hook for multiple felonies including aggravated assault.

If the suspect doesn't turn himself in soon, he will mostly likely be brought in by the fugitive squad operated by the U.S. Marshal's Office in Atlanta, Woodie said. The sheriff's office already has a photo of the suspect from his driver's license, Woodie said.

The deputy who was shot at had originally thought he was hit, which caused a delay in the foot chase as one of the sheriff's department K-9 units was also on the scene and had to wait for backup because the suspect had already fired on law enforcement, Woodie explained.

The incident touched off a manhunt in the area of Helmer Road just across the Fayette-Clayton county line as bloodhounds and the department's helicopter joined a number of units on foot searching for the suspect.

The original story from Thursday afternoon is below:

Fayette County sheriff’s deputies are trying to locate a suspect who fired several shots at a deputy who had pulled him over on the northern edge of the county, officials said.

Thankfully the shots missed the mark and the deputy was unharmed, officials said.

The contingent of law enforcement includes the department’s helicopter, Hawk 1, as well as K-9 bloodhounds, and just prior to 1 p.m. officers were believed to have hemmed in the suspect.

The initial traffic violation was on Helmer Road in north Fayette County just off Ga. Highway 279. The suspect pulled over in Clayton County, about a quarter mile over the county line, and tried to get away on foot.

The deputy attempted to control the suspect by using his Taser, which was unsuccessful, and it was after that point the suspect fired several shots toward the deputy, officials said.

“We have a photo of the suspect from his driver’s license return,” said sheriff’s Major Bryan Woodie. “We think we have him trapped down there and we think we’ll have him soon.”

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Article re Deputy & Suspect

Just two questions here.
a. What was the rationale for trying to taser the "suspect"--was he a threat?
b. You meanthe Deputy didn't know if he'd been shot or not? And yet we activate all this search/pursuit capability to capture a seatbelt violator? Lotsa holes in this report and questionable credibility for decisions made. All we want is the facts, man--and if you don't have those, don't write the article.

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Article re Deputy & Suspect Continued

It's very easy in hind sight say "yes the guy was dangerous, he shot at a cop" HOWEVER, As suggested there is no way near enough information for those
Not There (or privy to the video) to be passing any assumptions/judgments,

The guy was pulled over for "simply' a seat belt Violation, yet was unsuccessfully tasered,
Then this "bad' guy fires two shots at 10 feet and misses? TEN FEET and misses???TWICE
Like stated earlier WE the public just don't know what happened, and yes I'm glad the deputy is safe, but for all I know I'm glad the "bad guy' is too.

Let's see the video, !

As to getting pulled over for "Just a Seat Belt Violation >>
a. L. 2000, pg. 764, Code 40-8-76.1, item D

The failure of an occupant of a motor vehicle to wear a seat safety belt in any seat of a motor vehicle which has a seat safety belt or belts shall not be considered evidence of negligence or causation

Ga. L. 2000, pg. 764, Code 40-8-76.1, item E

Probable cause for violation of this Code section shall be based solely upon the law enforcement officer’s clear and unobstructed view of a person not restrained as required by this Code section. Non-compliance with the restraint requirements of this Code section shall not constitute probable cause for violation of any Code section.

Looks to me like one can not be impeded/detained for this simple infraction
but until the Fine is over $20.00 a Jury will NEVER "judge" this case nor will and appeals court ....

(BTW I KNOW this is the exception to the norm but in 1985 had I had MY seat belt on, I would have been no question about it Decapitated, was my Head rest was removed from UNDER the car that hit me head on but because I wasn't wearing it I was thrown Down and to the right, and WALKED away.
Thus IMO it's MY life and until Big Brother is an actual Passenger it's MY Choice

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Lap Belt & tazed

Until recently I owned a syder 1978 convertible that only had lap belts. There of course was no way to tell if it was buckled or not. An update might include if this guy was even armed or if the tazer made the "gunshot" report. I might need to be tazed if I was told the reason for the stop was a seatbelt violation.

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I would love to talk

Whenever you want, I am sure you know who I am and just where to find me. I'll be waiting

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This is for MJM1204, Until

This is for MJM1204, Until you have walked in that deputy's shoes or simple just put on his badge, you have not clue what goes on out in the street. Simple you judge the deputy saying that he did a poor job, by what the paper says. Were you there? Were you? No!!!!! I didnt think so. The only two people that were there were the two deputies. Its people like you who like to sit on the side lines and quarter back a game, and judge people by what you read.

Until you put on your life on the line, and leave for work everyday knowing that it could be the last time you see your family. I would suggest you to look in the mirror and ask could I do his job.........

BUZZY BEE
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Buzz bee

let me state for a FACT I appreciate the efforts of Police, Firefighters, and those in the Military. But ya know this line about "putting your life on the line, and could be the last day ya leave for work,". Sure that's very true, but am I supposed to believe there are ANY Police Officers, Firemen or Military Personnel that DIDN'T understand the nature of these JOBS before they signed up? and as far as Police and Firefighters, they ALWAYS have the CHOICE to find another job. Becoming a Police Officer REQUIRES a certain personality trait, A personality that seeks out adrenaline filled activities.
(Nothing wrong with that) Except don't expect me to believe that the inherent dangers of these jobs are a surprise. and BTW, I too put my life on the line every day, as does everyone else simply by getting out of bed. and NONE of us knows for sure if we'll be coming home tonight.
Using this "putting your life on the line" line, for me cheapens the Badge wearer who utters these words, as I see it as either an attempt to garner sympathy or bolster ego. Doing your Job well will empress people, doing your Job well is the best way to remain as safe as can be expected.
And let's not forget that in America as of 2011 Police Jobs ranked 11th on the most dangerous Jobs List, behind occupations like Fisherman, Logger,Garbage Collectors, Miners, Truck drivers/Deliverymen, pilots. Talk about folks not knowing if their coming home....

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Quall: I agree

This is probably a person close to the now-outgoing(Thank God!) FCSO upper mgt that doesn't like hearing any criticism or even somewhat objective analysis. Come January, the same people will probably be howling when the new management takes over if they manage to botch a speeding ticket.

Major Woodie(not a joke) made it very well-known with his big mouth that he'd leave FCSO if Wayne Hannah didn't win. Now is his chance to prove he's not Alec Baldwin and actually put actions behind his words. Considering his DISHONESTY in the past and subsequent demotion followed by favored-child status later and promotions, good riddance.

As far as this deputy goes, glad he's alive and well and hopefully LEO can track this loser down.

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Seat Belt Law

Is it just me or do I remember it wrong but didn't "they" say you would not be pulled lover for just a seatbelt violation? Of course these days it could be a tag light out. Lost count but it looks like the perps are up again on Hawk 1. & wouldn't you know if you had been shot at & hit?

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dup

Dup

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Seat Belt Law

Is it just me or do I remember it wrong but didn't "they" say you would not be pulled lover for just a seatbelt violation? Of course these days it could be a tag light out. Lost count but it looks like the prepared are up again on Hawk 1. & wouldn't you know if you had been shot at & hit?

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Regarding seat belt laws.. GA

Regarding seat belt laws.. GA is a primary enforcement state. That means an officer is able to pull you over for simply not wearing your seat belt.. they need no other reason. The state receives extra money from the feds for seat belt enforcement, hence the "click it or ticket" campaigns.

Law enforcement in Fayette is severely lacking officers with actual street experience in high crime areas. This deputy did a poor job of conducting a stop and is lucky to be alive.

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This is for MJM1204, Until

This is for MJM1204, Until you have walked in that deputy's shoes or simple just put on his badge, you have not clue what goes on out in the street. Simple you judge the deputy saying that he did a poor job, by what the paper says. Were you there? Were you? No!!!!! I didnt think so. The only two people that were there were the two deputies. Its people like you who like to sit on the side lines and quarter back a game, and judge people by what you read.

Until you put on your life on the line, and leave for work everyday knowing that it could be the last time you see your family. I would suggest you to look in the mirror and ask could I do his job.........

BUZZY BEE

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This is for MJM1204, Until

This is for MJM1204, Until you have walked in that deputy's shoes or simple just put on his badge, you have not clue what goes on out in the street. Simple you judge the deputy saying that he did a poor job, by what the paper says. Were you there? Were you? No!!!!! I didnt think so. The only two people that were there were the two deputies. Its people like you who like to sit on the side lines and quarter back a game, and judge people by what you read.

Until you put on your life on the line, and leave for work everyday knowing that it could be the last time you see your family. I would suggest you to look in the mirror and ask could I do his job.........

BUZZY BEE

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BUZYBEE, I have walked in

BUZYBEE,

I have walked in their shoes. The narrative of the incident included in this paper is pretty much a commentary by a Major within the SO. Not to mention, there will be dash cam video of the incident. So, I don't have to be there to pick up on a few errors.

I'm not pointing out the poor job to simply criticize, but rather point out there was definitely complacency and questionable tactics involved. I can pick that little bit up just from the article because I do have EXPERIENCE. I'm not gonna go into details about what I think went wrong simply because this is a public forum and such matters don't belong here.

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Well?????

Did they git 'em yet or what??????

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Nope,

He's probably hiding out at Clayton Co.'s Sheriff Elects house

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Anything on the tragic accident

Anything on the tragic accident that took a mother / wife's life today in Fayette County?

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Where are photo to view.

Where are photo to view.

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Where are photo to view.

Where are photo to view.

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Maybe not shot at.....

WSB reports the sound may have been the deputy's taser gun that malfunctioned. Suspect did also escape, so much for Woodie's thinking once again.

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Well !

I do beleive that I had a comment right below you yesterday NUK_1 !
It looks like it has been removed! So much for FREE SPEACH !

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highflyer2: Hmm....you're correct

I didn't remember it as being that inflammatory either, but looks like you caught the ban-hammer for it. Maybe I remember incorrectly, but I thought you just said that Major Woodie let "another one get away."

Of course, there isn't such a thing as true free speech here as this isn't a government-controlled forum and the private owner has every right to do whatever they want to do with it. Cal/Citizen staff is pretty tolerant too so maybe you ought to shoot him an email about it.

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If I remember correctly....

There was a comment about Woodie's not so slim figure, lol!

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FCSD & Girth

It has been awhile since I saw them gathered but I believe it was the start of the Tour de GA & the only ones that looked like they could win a foot chase, w
ere the 'copter pilots in their snappy coveralls, mean jumpsuits.

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HighFlyer2

What appears obvious is you have little clue about "Free Speech" (fear not most Americans are in your boat) ,,
hint,
Your (or my ) speech is ONLY protected from the Government, As the Fayette Citizen is a Private (not government) entity THEY can and WILL and SHOULD
edit your and my speech,,,,
When you grow up (Constitutionally) let's talk
QC

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