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Cooke: GBI Now at Work on Kroger Shooting

Bibb County's new district attorney says he's asked the GBI to investigate a a fatal shooting outside a Macon supermarket.

In a statement released Tuesday, David Cooke said they've already begun working on the Dec. 21 shooting of Sammie Davis Jr.

Cooke took office as district attorney Jan. 1, and told 13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet that he emailed his letter to the GBI at 12:03 a.m.

He put out this news release later Tuesday morning:

I met with members of the Macon Police Department to review their
investigation of the December 21, 2012, shooting of Sammie Davis, Jr.,
by Macon Police Officer Clayton Sutton. After meeting with the officers,
I told them I intended to ask the GBI to review the case, and they
agreed that was appropriate.

Officer in Kroger Shooting Disciplined More than a Dozen Times

A Macon police officer who fatally shot a man outside a supermarket Friday had been disciplined more than a dozen times, according to Macon police files.

The complaints against Clayton Sutton range from cruiser accidents to failing to appear in court to alleged threatening to jail a woman over a bad check.

But just one case involved excessive force.

That came from a July 2010 case when a woman said Sutton pulled her from her car and threw her to the ground. Chamyria Sears also said Sutton was rude and used profanity.

Sutton received a written reprimand in that case.

The disciplinary records do not cover a 2010 case in which a Macon man claims Sutton hit him over the head several times with a flashlight, causing head injuries. Jimmy Brewster has sued Sutton, the city, the police department and two former officers in the case.

13WMAZ obtained Sutton's disciplinary report through an open-records request.

Police: I-75 Chase Began with Shoplifting Complaint

A 28-year-old Macon woman is behind bars this morning after leading several law enforcement agencies on a chase through three counties early Thursday morning.

According to a news release, Tabitha Michelle Whitehead has been arrested and charged with felony shoplifting, eluding police, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to obey a traffic control device and driving without a license.

Police say the Walmart on Gray Highway reported a woman stealing four TVs and leaving in a beige Cadillac SUV with vanity plates around 2:40 a.m.

A patrol officer spotted Whitehead's vehicle on a nearby side street but she refused to stop, according to the release. Instead she headed northbound on I-75 towards Monroe County and into Butts County.

She was stopped by Monroe County officers near exit 205 after a tire blew out and she lost control. 

The TVs were recovered from Whitehead's SUV and returned to Walmart. 

Police Report Describes Kroger Shooting

A incident report says police handcuffed a man shot by an officer,  asked him to roll over and searched him before beginning first aid.

The Macon police report describes what happened after  last Friday's fatal shooting of Sammie Davis Jr. But it does not explain why officer Clayton Sutton shot the 49-year-old man.

Police say Sutton arrived on the scene to serve a warrant on Davis and the two men struggled before Sutton shot him.

The report was written by Macon police Sgt. Steve Draper, who arrived at the Pio Nono Kroger a few minutes later, around 3:40 p.m.

The report says that when Draper arrived, Sutton was pointing his weapon at Davis, who was sitting behind a police cruiser.

Sutton was bleeding from the neck. When Draper asked if he'd been shot, he said, "No," he'd been cut. He said he didn't know if Davis had a weapon.

Macon Police Officer Put on Leave After Fatal Shooting

Macon's police department announced it has placed an officer on administrative leave and opened an internal investigation after the officer fatally shot a man outside the Kroger supermarket in Midtown.

A police spokeswoman said the shooting followed a struggle with a man as they tried to serve him with a warrant around 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

The victim was identified by Bibb County coroner Leon Jones as 49-year-old Sammie Davis Jr., of 1063 Hillyer Avenue, in the nearby Unionville neighborhood. That address is about a half-mile from the supermarket.

Jones says Davis died around 5 p.m. after being shot multiple times by police.

In a news release issued at 9 p.m., police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said Precinct 3 officer Clayton Sutton was placed on administrative leave. She said this was "standard policy when an officer is involved in an investigation of this nature."

She said Sutton has worked in the police department for six-and-a-half years.

Lawyer Questions Police on Gas-Station Shooting

Frank Reeves remains in jail, without bond, after a hearing Wednesday on a Dec. 4 fatal shooting at a Macon gas station.

At the hearing before a clerk-magistrate, his lawyer got to question police detectives about evidence in the death of 65-year-old Linda Hunnicutt that led to a murder charge against Reeves.

Veronica Brinson quizzed police about witness statements and Reeves' alleged confession.

"The only real alleged evidence is that alleged admission and this is a 73-year-old man that was interrogated by sophisticated and savvy trained detectives and to try and use that admissions to convict this elderly man we just think is a gross miscarriage of justice," said Brinson.

She asked about a store surveillance video from Murphy's Express that reportedly shows Reeve raising his hand and Hunnicutt falling.

And she also asked about how police came to charge Reeves with murder. 

Police: Report of Gunfire at Central H.S. Just Firecrackers

Macon police say reports of gunfire from within Central High School early Thursday morning turned out to just be firecrackers.

According to a police news release, several 911 calls were placed around 7:22 a.m., reporting shots fired in the Central High lunchroom.

Lt. Andra Grinstead, Macon-Bibb 911 Director, said she and Precinct 3 officers responded, making a "coordinated entrance" as if an "active shooter" were on campus.

That's when officers determined the reports were initiated by a firecracker.

Because of its proximity to Central, Miller Middle School went initiated security measures, according to a news release from Bibb County schools. 

No one was injured and classes resumed as normal with students taking their planned final exams.

13WMAZ was first notified by a concerned parent on her way to pick up her children who attend Central and were outside at the time.