Davis Shooting Death Exposed: A LOOK INTO THE INVESTIGATION
New details in the fatal shooting of Sammie Davis Jr. who was shot by a Macon Police officer late last year. Now that the investigation is complete, authorities have released audio and video of the scene and the moments after Macon police officer Clayton Sutton's use of deadly force.
The wait to hear from Officer Clayton Sutton is over. The information released by the district attorney's office shows evidence that the public has been waiting on for months.
“It's at Kroger on Pio Nono there is guys sitting out front walking following me to my car and asking for money,” says Vivian Marable. This is the 911 call that landed Officer Clayton Sutton face to face with Sammie Davis Jr. on December 21, 2012, the call that ultimately ended with Davis suffering three gunshots.
For the first time we here from Officer Sutton himself in an interview conducted by investigators. “I’m not happy about having to kill him, but I'm not going to put my life in jeopardy,” he said, just hours after the shooting.
The dashboard video shows a look at the scene of the shooting as the first officer arrives on the scene, you can see that officer Sutton has his gun in hand tells his fellow police officer to stand back. The officer follows his command.
Sutton told investigators that after Davis attacked him with both hands, he was cut on the left side of his neck which leads to the gun fire. "I motioned like this for him to go ahead and put his hands behind his back at that time he lunged at me and tried to grab my head with both hands, I felt him cut my neck, so I broke off pushed away and fired three times," Sutton describes. Just moments after arriving on the scene, he says, paramedics treated him for a deep cut on his neck.
Pictures, dash cam and surveillance video, interviews and statements were provided by the Bibb District Attorney's office through an open records request by WGXA.
It was that evidence and more that eventually led district attorney David Cooke not to press Officer Sutton of any criminal charges in connection with the case.
Macon Police Department Public Information Officer Jami Gaudet says Sutton has returned to work and is currently assigned to administrative duty pending the outcome of the shooting review board and an internal affairs investigation