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Shots fired; Albany officer escapes injury

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ALBANY, Ga. -- An officer came under fire from a drunken rifle-wielding man at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday in East Albany, stated an Albany Police Department report.

Officer Dillard Glover was not injured by the shots, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman, nor was anyone else.

Anderson Williams, 29, was arrested at about 3:45 a.m. hiding under an SUV and charged with five counts of aggravated assault and obstruction or hindering a law enforcement officer, all felonies, Banks added.

Williams remains in Dougherty County Jail with no bail set, a jail spokeswoman said.

According Banks, four people stood outside apartments at 1625 Pineview Drive when Williams came looking for a fight. "Williams was intoxicated." A call to dispatch about an "unwanted guest" brought Glover to the address.

The call for police came from a resident at the apartment complex who reported "a black male wearing a white t-shirt and blue-jean shorts came on the property wanting to start a fight."

When Glover arrived, witnesses pointed out the suspect, who cut behind the apartments in the 1500 block of Pineview Drive, the report stated.

Glover headed to his patrol car to follow the suspect, his report stated. Glover wrote, "As I closed my car door I heard a single shot go off from a gun. I then looked toward the 100 block of Marie Road.

"The suspect was holding a rifle out from his body and pointing it toward the people at 1625 Pineview Road. I got out of my vehicle and told everyone to take cover."

Williams began moving toward Glover and fired a second shot as Glover took cover behind a tree, the report continued. Williams dodged behind an apartment building and then headed toward the 100 block of East Road, it added.

As Glover followed, Williams went out of sight. As Williams "was heading into the dark he had his weapon drawn at me," Glover wrote.

Police patrol cars arrived in the area bounded by North West Road on the west and East Broad Avenue on the south. Less than a half-mile away from where he fired the first shot officers found and arrested Williams under a Ford Explorer SUV on the 100 block of East Road, the report stated.

Banks said, "Glover has been with the Albany Police Department less than a year."