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Assault on officer among weekend incidents

ALBANY, Ga. — An assault on a police officer and a reported shooting were among the incidents the Albany Police Department responded to over the weekend.

Reports show that Christopher Baltenberger, an officer with the Albany Police Department, stopped a maroon 2007 Ford Fusion in the 100 block of North Slappey Boulevard at around noon on Saturday.

Baltenberger said he conducted the traffic stop due to the driver disregarding the “No Right Turn on Red” sign at the West Oglethorpe and South Slappey Boulevard intersection while the light was red, reports show. Police officials said that he turned on his emergency police equipment to stop the car, and the Fusion stopped in the 100 block of North Slappey Boulevard.

Police officials say Baltenberger reported that he walked up to the driver’s side of the car and made contact with the driver — described as a black male of average build, short crew cut black hair, brown eyes, red shirt and blue jeans.

He explained the reason for the traffic stop. At that point, the driver reportedly began searching through his wallet for his license. Baltenberger stated that the man looked up at him and then put the car into drive and pulled off, leaving the scene.

The officer stated that when the man pulled off, he was standing by the center post of the Fusion, and as the male pulled off, the back driver’s side wheel of the Fusion hit his right knee.

Baltenberger was taken to Phoebe East for further observation and later released, police officials said. The case remains active.

In other activity, there was a shooting reported to have taken place in the vicinity of the 100 block of North Shadowlawn Drive at noon on Sunday.

Contact was made with the victim, Alonzo Thomas, 41, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. He told police he was walking northbound along the street when he was shot in the foot by an unknown person, reports show.

A narrative from the incident report on the shooting shows that police were eventually able to confirm that Thomas had been shot with a shotgun in the left foot, and it appeared as if the weapon had been placed at point blank range.

The case remains active.