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Officer dodges gang's bullets

A member of the Albany Police Department's Gang Task Force walks by a police car that was struck by gun fire during an early morning incident on the 1200 block of East Residence Avenue.

A member of the Albany Police Department's Gang Task Force walks by a police car that was struck by gun fire during an early morning incident on the 1200 block of East Residence Avenue.

ALBANY, Ga. — Law enforcement agencies were hunting for four men to add to the three in jail after a shooting that targeted a uniformed Albany Police Department officer about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. The officer, whose name is being withheld by police, was uninjured by the gunfire.

The city of Albany and Crime Stoppers have offered a combined $6,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of four suspects who were at large Tuesday night.

Booked into the Dougherty County Jail Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and gang participation were Cortavious Trinard Davis, 21; Sean Bernard Frazier, and Michael Alfonzo Stephens both 22.

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J.D. Sumner

A member of the Albany Police Department's Gang Task Force walks by a police car that was struck by gun fire during an early morning incident on the 1200 block of East Residence Avenue.

Wanted in connection with the shooting and probable gang participation are:

  • Stephen Bernard Washington, 22;
  • Roger Antonio Farmer, 22;
  • Rolando Dupree Frazier, 32;
  • David Lenard Stephens, 20.

According to a police report, the shooting started when an officer arrived in response to a 911 report of shots being fired on the 1200 block of East Residence Avenue. The officer dodged multiple rounds fired at him by a group of men. Investigators found a handgun and believe a rifle also was used by the assailants to shoot at the policeman.

The report stated that the group, including known gang members, fled when the policeman arrived and pointed a spotlight at them. Bullets from the gunmen came in two volleys, shattering the patrol car’s rear window.

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J.D. Sumner

Albany Police Department Assistant Chief Mark Scott, right, speaks with forensics specialists near the area where police believe shots were fired at an officer Tuesday morning.

“These folks were intent on harming a police officer and we don’t take that lightly,” Police Chief John Proctor said at an afternoon news conference.

The Gang Unit led a multi-agency roundup of Crips gang members Friday that put 10 in jail on various underlying charges such as armed robbery, aggravated assault and gang participation.

District Attorney Greg Edwards added racketeering to the charges, which could add 25 years to sentences for convictions on the other charges. Already in jail were 34 accused Crips gang members who were also charged with racketeering on top of various charges.

Proctor didn’t say that the shots fired at the police officer were retaliation for the roundup. Without identifying the specific gang, he added that the men arrested Tuesday and those wanted in the shooting were gang members.

“We are not saying it is retaliation, but we can tell you this, they intentionally shot at the officer,” Proctor said. “We’re going to take actions appropriate to that. We will do our job with the full cooperation of the community. The community is tired of this kind of offending.”

Comments

waltspecht 2 years, 8 months ago

What, no return fire? Realistically I know theree probably wasn't a good backstop. The Officer was worried that if they fired they would become the problem. There were innocents in the area. Bottom line, if they are shooting at a Law Enforcement Officer, they need to be removed from the streets permanently.

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