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Officer unharmed in Albany bank shooting

Suspect is in custody, police say.

— ALBANY — Eric Devaughn Colbert, 37, has been arrested after Albany police say he walked into a North Slappey Boulevard bank early Friday morning and fired shots, including some that may have been directed at a police officer who was in the bank at the time.

Alany Police Department spokesperson Phyllis Banks said that Colbert was facing 10 counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, who was identified as Christopher Richardson, 46. Banks said that Richardson did not return fire.

Richardson was uninjured and Colbert was arrested on the 1100 block of Whispering Pines minutes after the bank robber fled from the scene. He was booked Friday evening into Dougherty County Jail, a jail spokesman said.

Banks said that Colbert walked into the First State Bank at 2101 N. Slappey Blvd. and fired a single shot as he attempted to rob the bank. At that time, the suspect apparently noticed Richardson, who was accompanying a security deposit into the bank, and fired several more shots before fleeing without taking any money.

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lsk1 2 years, 11 months ago

The officer did not return fire? Just what did he do?

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Terihdfxr 2 years, 11 months ago

How can you question just what did he do? You were not there and don’t know all the details. Apperently he or she kept the employees safe and assisted in the capture of the person responsible, Let our officers do their jobs and quit ridiculing there every move. If you can do better join the force.

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supersquawker 2 years, 11 months ago

I love these comments "you were not there" so you can't have an opinion. Uhhhh......were YOU there? So you don't know either.

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whattheheck 2 years, 11 months ago

We seem to be getting more crime but the quality of the criminals appears to be dropping off. Certainly not well thought out and even less well executed.

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VSU 2 years, 11 months ago

I figure the professional criminals are already in jail or too afraid to come out of hiding to go out to do it themselves and are sending out inexperienced jabroni's to do the dirty work for them.

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tccvc 2 years, 11 months ago

Whatheheck that is a very cogent observation

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Albanite 2 years, 11 months ago

This is likely to become very common in Albany as the city draws its dying breaths. We must face up to the fact that our City Commission and City government is a miserable failure.

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VSU 2 years, 11 months ago

The Police officer did the right thing in not returning fire, pending somebody innocent might have gotten shot. Not too sure the robber was very bright trying to rob a bank with a police officer present.

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waltspecht 2 years, 11 months ago

Who ever said they were bright? If you remember there was a complete idiot that tried to rob the Bank at 1 Police Plaza in NYC on payday, at lunch. Even the FBI was there cashing their checks or drawing out funds. More guns than you could shake a stick at was one comment after it was over.

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VSU 2 years, 11 months ago

Or like that guy that handed the teller the note saying he was robbing her and put the money in a bag, but left the note behind and it was his own bank deposit slip. My favorite story is the one where a guy was stealing gas from a vehicle and lit up his cigarette lighter to see how much he had. POOF, that didn't work out too well for him.

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GeorgiaAl 2 years, 11 months ago

...fired a single shot as he attempted to rob the bank........ and fired several more shots before fleeing without taking any money......He shot more than once......Shot them in the back!!!!!!!!!

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DrMax 2 years, 11 months ago

Still ... wouldn't it be nice to wake up on a brisk Saturday morning, set yourself down at the breakfast table, have a nice cup of coffee, open up the newspaper, and read all about some bank-robbin' P.O.S. getting popped, through-and-through by a well-trained and unflinching, determined, and resolved APD officer. Oh yes, that would be so very nice.

That said, most police officers in this country are simply unprepared for a rapid onset life or death situation. Colonel Jeff Cooper (God's eternal blessings be upon him) made the astute observation, Any man who is a man may not, in honor, submit to threats or violence. But many men who are not cowards are simply unprepared for the fact of human savagery.

Albany area lawmen are no exception - in fact, the officers hereabouts are generally quite worse off because they have for so long been hogtied and hobbled by the liberal BS criminal disresponsibility excuse makers and excuse takers arisen to prominent positions within the public (socially irresponsible media), political (ignorant, self-serving hacks), ecclesiastical (numbskull, effiminate, pantywaist preachers) and Criminal Justice Administrative (morally weak law enforcement command staffers) ranks.

The police are charged with the protection of the civil order. And about that, the bible records the erternally true observation that, "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his palace, his possessions are safe" Luke 11:21.

Regardless the reason why the officer did or did not shoot (and I would like to think it is because he could not due to environmental restraints, rather than would not because of the fear of political repercussions) ... god bless 'em all, each and every one of them, and make them strong for the evil what's coming.

We all stand behind APD Chief Proctor and the much deliberated initiatives that he is trying to implement against much resistance from within and from without.

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supersquawker 2 years, 11 months ago

I only wish that I and my friends Mssrs. Smith and Wesson, had been in attendance during the attempt.............there would be no discussion at this point. As Dirty Harry said "Seeing that this is a 44-magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off......." well you know the story.

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