Bibb County's new district attorney says he's asked the GBI to investigate a a fatal shooting outside a Macon supermarket.
In a statement released Tuesday, David Cooke said they've already begun working on the Dec. 21 shooting of Sammie Davis Jr.
Cooke took office as district attorney Jan. 1, and told 13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet that he emailed his letter to the GBI at 12:03 a.m.
He put out this news release later Tuesday morning:
I met with members of the Macon Police Department to review their
investigation of the December 21, 2012, shooting of Sammie Davis, Jr.,
by Macon Police Officer Clayton Sutton. After meeting with the officers,
I told them I intended to ask the GBI to review the case, and they
agreed that was appropriate.
"I think it's important in a case
of this type that a neutral third-party reviews the facts and
circumstances, so earlier this morning I formally asked GBI director
Vernon Keenan to conduct their own review and investigation of the
incident. I am in contact with local GBI agent in charge, and they have
already begun work on the case."
Davis died after being shot three times by officer Clayton Sutton. Police say the two men struggled, but have not explained why Sutton shot Davis.
Sutton is on administrative leave during the investigation.
Mayor Robert Reichert said police turned their file over to the Bibb County's District Attorney's office on Monday.
The mayor said he met with Davis' family to assure them that the shooting will be investigated.
He said he is confident that Macon police would investigate the matter properly.
The mayor's statement:
The shooting incident that occurred on Friday, December 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.