ALBANY, Ga. — Following multiple arrests of people believed to be Crip gang members for racketeering, gunfire has erupted and threats have been phoned in to the Albany Police Department.
“There have been some calls that they were going to hurt police officers. Specifically some of our Gang Task (Unit) members,” Police Chief John Proctor said after a task force meeting Thursday. “That is not going to deter us.”
Officer Dillard Glover dodged bullets when he pulled up to answer a 911 call of shots being fired on the 1200 block of East Residence Avenue at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“We don’t know if it was a set up, but it felt like one,” Proctor said. “They (gang members) gave every indication they were trying to get a police officer.”
According to a police report, six gang members — including the latest arrested, David Lenard Stephens, 20 — have been placed in the Dougherty County Jail on charges of street gang activity, aggravated assault against an officer and other charges.
Rolando Dupree Frazier remains wanted in connection with the case, the report added.
Proctor said the hunt for Frazier is on with state and federal officers, including the U.S. Marshal Service, taking part to search in Thomasville and Florida. Another multi-agency operation provided ignition for the gang violence.
“Operation Shock,” a multi-agency law enforcement operation, reportedly led to the push-back of gunfire and threats. The operation served about 400 warrants on 54 Crips gang members for charges including racketeering.
Many of the accused Crips were already in jail, but 10 others were rounded up. All of them were described by police as gang leaders.
District Attorney Greg Edwards has said, “We have overwhelming evidence — without a reasonable doubt — that each is a gang member with rank and standing in the gang hierarchy.”
Proctor also has no doubts, “They believe that if they pushback, we will stop doing our jobs. No we won’t.”