Friday, March 21, 2014


A Macon man was shot by a Bibb County sheriff’s deputy Thursday evening in the Village Green neighborhood.
Walter Smith, 54, was shot after a traffic stop at Bloomfield Road and Leone Drive, Sheriff David Davis said.
A witness saw Smith pull a firearm during the stop, and shots were fired, Davis said. Davis did not say whether Smith fired his gun during the incident, which happened about 6 p.m.
Davis said there were two sheriff’s officials involved in the shooting -- Sgt. Scott Johnson and Deputy James Litton. They were patrolling the area because residents had complained of speeders, Davis said.
Smith's tan Ford Expedition was traveling at a high rate of speed, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.
“We certainly don’t come to work to shoot anyone,” Davis said, “but the officers, when they are faced with a threat and they feel like they have to take that action, then we’ll do it.”
After the shooting, Smith drove away and stopped near a residence on Satterfield Drive, according to the sheriff. Smith was taken into custody outside the home.
Because sheriff’s employees are part of the shooting investigation, the GBI has been called in. Smith was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia with injuries to his chest and was listed in stable condition, Davis said.
According to information the sheriff’s office received, Smith lives in one of the houses on Satterfield Drive.
The sheriff’s office’s internal affairs division will investigate to see if the employees committed any crimes or violated any policies, Davis said

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