Lee shooting investigated by GBI

LEESBURG — Law enforcement officers have been placed on high alert after someone fired a bullet through the patrol car of a Lee County Deputy Monday evening.

The deputy, in the driver’s seat at the time, was not injured, officials say. The incident came just hours after 42-year-old Tracy Clyde was shot to death during a physical struggle with Capt. Monterey Moody, an officer with the Leesburg Police Department.

“I believe it may have been retaliation of some kind,” said Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals, “We’re urging deputies to be watchful and more aware of their surroundings.”

Rachals said that the number of deputies in the field have also been increased, but that’s mainly to help the Georgia Bureau of Investigation protect and preserve the shooting scene, and for “anything else,” required in the investigation

Police officials say Clyde was wanted for a home invasion this past weekend in which he allegedly injured a person and stole around $200.

Clyde was shot around 4 p.m. Monday when Moody, a 17-year police veteran, encountered Clyde in the vacant Pine Avenue home where Clyde was hiding out, officials say. According to Moody’s account, he and Clyde entered into a physical altercation, during which Moody attempted to “tase” Clyde. The Taser malfunctioned, officials say, and that’s when Moody shot Clyde.

Moody sustained bites on one arm and lacerations to his head, said Leesburg police chief, Charlie Moore, and was treated for his wounds. Moody has been placed on paid administrative leave until an investigation is conducted, Moore said.

The GBI worked through Monday evening securing the zone of evidence, and is still interviewing neighbors and other officers, said GBI Special Agent in Charge Danny Jackson. While he made no statement as to the relation of Clyde’s shooting death and the shooting of the patrol car, Jackson said the incidents will continue to be investigated separately.