Dog shot, man injured after police chase | News
A dog was shot by a deputy and a suspect was injured during a chase Thursday afternoon in a Macon neighborhood.
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis says the deputy involved was Clayton Sutton, who fatally shot Sammie Davis Jr. outside a supermarket in December 2012.
Sutton was cleared of all charges in the Davis case.
Since then, Davis says Sutton's been on office duty, researching pawn shop data within the property division.
Davis says Officer Sutton was coming off a lunch break Thursday when he and Officer John Horne answered a police-assistance call in the Brentwood Avenue area off of Pio Nono Avenue.
"The patrol officers, they saw these individuals in a building down there. As soon as the individuals saw the investigators, both of them took off running and drugs scattered on the streets back there," Sheriff Davis said.
The two men ran off in different directions and the two officers chased them on foot.
During the chase, Davis said, a dog charged at Sutton, and the officer shot the dog.
The dog was transported to animal control where it was treated and is now in stable condition.
"A dog ran out in front and in a vicious manner toward Officer Sutton. He pulled his weapon and fired a couple times and struck the animal," Davis said.
Sutton then caught up with Shawn Maurice Taylor, who tried to jump over a fence in the chase, and at some point got hurt, though investigators don't know how.
The sheriff's office says Taylor was taken to a local hospital but has since been released and is now in custody.
The 42-year-old has been charged with obstruction of law enforcement and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.
The second suspect, who was being pursued by Horne, escaped, Davis said.
When we spoke to Solomon Mays, who says the wounded dog is his, he said he'd been hit in the knee by gunfire.
"My leg started hurting and I said, 'I'm shot too!' It's been bleeding for 4 or 5 hours," Mays said.
Sheriff Davis says, the GBI is investigating both of those injuries to find out what happened.
They're also looking into what they call "imperfections" found on the sidewalk and on the home that may show that Sutton's shots ricocheted.
"They're consistent with two rounds hitting from a handgun," GBI special agent JT Ricketson said. "When you have a ricochet like that, the physics of that, no one's going to be able to tell you exactly where a round will go after that."
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