Officials: Suspects in Ga. police shooting are gang members

Officer Scott Davis, a 10-year veteran of the force, was shot in his leg when responding to a call

By Lauren Foreman
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

MARIETTA, Ga. — Two juveniles arrested in connection with the shooting of an on-duty Marietta cop are Bloods gang members, police said Monday.

The juveniles, both 15 years old, face charges of violation of Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, aggravated assault on a police officer, unlawfully entering an automobile, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and theft by receiving.

Officer Scott Davis
Officer Scott Davis (Photo/Marietta Police Department)

"MPD will not be releasing the name of the juveniles at this time," Marietta police Officer Brittany Wallace said.

Officer Scott Davis, a 10-year veteran of the force, is expected to recover from a shot to his leg, Wallace told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Davis and two other Marietta officers were responding to a call about people entering cars outside The Gallery Apartments in the 700 block of Franklin Gateway when the shooting occurred before 4:30 a.m.

"At least one of the suspects opened fire striking one Marietta Police Officer," Wallace said. "All three officers returned fire striking one of the suspects."

Davis and the injured teen were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Davis is out of surgery and in recovery, Wallace said.

Police later determined at least one of two guns recovered at the scene was stolen, she said.

"Officer Davis and the two other officers, which were involved in the incident, will be placed on administrative leave per policy standards," Wallace said.

Davis was one of two officers shot during separate incidents just hours apart. Eastman police Officer Tim Smith was shot and killed as he investigated a suspicious person call about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Smith and Main streets. Eastman, in Dodge County, is about 55 miles south of Macon. Royheem Delshawn Deeds, the man accused of fatally shooting Smith, was arrested early Monday in Florida.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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