Review Board: Kroger Shooting Was Justified

7:57 AM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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A police shooting review board says the fatal shooting of a man outside a Macon supermarket was justified.

But the board also reprimanded the officer involved, Clayton Sutton, for what they called a minor policy violation.

The panel reviewed police procedures and protocol into the shooting death of Sammie Davis, Junior last Dec. 21.

Davis was shot and killed by Officer Sutton outside the Kroger on Pio Nono Avenue.

The two men scuffled after Sutton responded to a complaint that Davis was panhandling.

The GBI and District Attorney David Cooke have both already looked at the case and decided that Sutton committed no crime.

Today. Macon police released the findings of the nine-member review board.

They said Davis lunged at the officer and cut his neck.

They wrote that Sutton "felt his life was in danger and/or physical bodily harm was imminent."

The board's vote was unanimous.

But they also reprimanded Sutton because he failed to check in with dispatchers when he arrived at the Kroger.

"The bottom line is that the actions of the police officer, once he reasonably felt he was in imminent danger or harm and felt in fear for his life, his conduct did not violate any policy," says Deputy Chief Mike Carswell.

He says the Macon Police Department now considers the case closed.

Davis' family says they are still planning on taking the case to the U.S. Department of Justice to find out if any civil rights were violated.

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