Probe into Police Fatal Shooting Goes to DA
The Macon Police Department has completed its investigation into the shooting of Sammie Davis, Jr. by one of its officers and sent the matter to the District Attorney's office, according to city officials.
A statement issued this afternoon by Macon Mayor Robert Reichert says:
"The shooting incident that occurred on Friday, Dec. 21, at the Pio Nono Kroger which resulted in the death of Mr. Sammie Davis, Jr. has saddened and concerned our community. Since a Macon police officer was involved in the shooting, the public has a heightened interest in knowing what happened.
"As Mayor, I felt it my duty to visit with Mr. Davis’ family and to assure them – and the community – that an appropriate investigation would be conducted.
"The Investigation Division of the Macon Police Department has been working diligently on this case and has now substantially completed its investigation; earlier today, the file was delivered to the District Attorney’s Office for their review and determination of whether any criminal conduct was involved.
"Additional information, such as toxicology and forensic reports, are still pending and will be turned over for their review upon receipt.
"We expect to hear from the District Attorney’s Office within a few days, and the City of Macon and Macon Police Department will cooperate fully with their decision.
"I’m confident that the Macon Police Department has done an appropriate investigation in order to gather the necessary information and ensure that an accurate picture of what happened is presented."
Davis died after being shot three times by Macon Police Officer Clayton Sutton outside the Kroger grocery store on Pio Nono Avenue in the middle of the afternoon.
Macon Police at first said Sutton had gone to the store to serve a warrant on Davis. They withdrew that explanation and have refused any comment after it was revealed by local media that no warrant had been issued for Davis.
A protest Thursday evening drew a crowd of about 50 people, including many of Davis' family members, to Rosa Parks Square in front of City Hall. The protestors called for criminal charges to be placed against Sutton.