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To Protect and Serve

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Last Edited: February 3, 2008, 5:37 am

A story about our Nation's Finest.    From the Associated Press

 

Georgia Police Officers Shoot Each Other

 

Sat Feb 2, 11:29 AM ET

BUFORD, Ga. - Two off-duty officers from different police departments wounded each other in a gun fight in the middle of a road in an Atlanta suburb, authorities said.

Both officers suffered non-life-threatening wounds, police said. Their conditions were not immediately known on Saturday.

Officer Jay Daily, a five-year veteran of the Duluth Police Department, exchanged multiple gunshots with Fulton County officer Paul Phillips on Friday afternoon, police said.

Daily was in custody Saturday, charged with aggravated assault, Cpl. Illana Spellman of the Gwinnett County police said.

"It's been confirmed that the Duluth police officer was the aggressor in this case," Spellman said.

Phillips, 37, required surgery at Gwinnett Medical Center. A hospital spokesman said Saturday he could not release information about the two officers. He referred questions to Spellman, who did not immediately have an update on their injuries.

"It's been baffling to us why this situation even occurred," said Duluth Police Chief Randy Belcher. "It's an embarrassment to this agency."

Phillips, who was wearing his uniform and in a marked police car, was driving to his home in Gwinnett County, police said. He was flagged down by someone who had seen Daily involved in a physical altercation with a woman in a sport-utility vehicle.

Daily, who lives in the area, was off duty and in civilian clothing but was wearing a bulletproof vest, police said.

Police did not know what relationship Daily had with the woman or what started the confrontation. The woman, who was not identified, later was hospitalized for minor injuries she suffered before the shooting started, police said.

Belcher described Daily as "an outstanding officer" and said he was suspended while the investigation is under way.

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Comments

1.
JakeComment by Jake - February 3, 2008, 8:47 am
I keep looking for the rest of this story....    A bullet proof vest in civilian clothes?
2.
Rick GComment by Rick G - February 3, 2008, 9:24 am
How does this guy only get charged with aggravated assault when he was shooting a gun at a (fellow) police officer and the kids in Jena got attempted murder charges for beating up someone with their fists and feet?

Boy, they sure take care of their own.
3.
jarasanComment by jarasan - February 3, 2008, 4:45 pm
........Interesting situation not enough facts. Gwinnett county is north of Atlanta which is in Fulton county. Just like in the military, the police depts. are recruiting blindly in fast growing areas.

Rick I think this a different situation, in Jena, everybody is involved from prosecutors to school officials, the police are just pawns in Jena. This Daily guy sounds like he is going to be an ex-cop, hopefully.
4.
colthmnComment by colthmn - February 3, 2008, 10:56 pm
Daily might have just gotten off work, still wearing civilian clothing, perhaps a drug detail, who knows?
but with press officers, will we ever know the truth???

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