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Albany Police Officer remembers shooting one year ago

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -An Albany Police Officer continues to recover one year after being shot in the line of duty.

Tim Harvey says the shooting points out how important and necessary Police Officers are to the community.

Harvey is now a Detective, working in the general theft area.

June 17th, 2008 Harvey was shot in the left leg when he tried to talk to a suspicious man on a bicycle on 8th Avenue. There was an outpouring of support from the community, including thousands of dollars put up in reward money. 18 year old Johnny Hill was arrested and is still awaiting trial in the Dougherty County jail. Harvey is just glad no one else was hurt.

 Harvey said  "There is no telling who he could have hurt then. He could have hurt another officer, he have hurt any civilian trying to get away. I believe at the time there were other people in the neighborhood out in their backyards. So the guy could have hurt anyone."

Harvey says he never considered leaving law enforcement after being shot.  In fact he says it made him more dedicated to protecting the community. He says he still has some pain and muscle loss in his leg, but not enough to keep him off the job.

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