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A hearing officer has upheld the firing of Bibb County deputy Clayton Sutton.

This spring, Sheriff David Davis fired him for disobedience.

He says he put Sutton on office duty while the GBI investigated his involvement in a shooting.

Davis ordered Sutton not to take part in any law enforcement activities, but on June 4, Sutton made a traffic stop, drew his gun, and arrested two men while he was driving home.

In a decision released Monday, administrative law judge Joel Howe denied Sutton's appeal, to keep his job.

Sutton made the news in 2012 when he shot and killed an unarmed man outside of a Macon supermarket.

The shooting was ruled justified when a GBI investigation said the man attacked Sutton.

Sutton's lawyer, Arthur Phillips, said Monday that he expects to file a petition in Bibb County Superior Court this week asking a judge to review the firing. The judge could either reject that petition or hold a hearing in superior court.

Phillips said he would argue that Howe's ruling was in error.

He said, "The sheriff's office had no clear-cut guidelines between law enforcement and administrative duties. Officer Sutton was put on administrative duties, but he was also performing law enforcement duties" -- for example, transporting prisoners to and from jail.


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