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Teen admits to shooting APD officer

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A teenager who shot an Albany police officer admitted to the crime in court on Friday and will spend the next 30-years in prison.

Justice was served, but Officer Tim Harvey still carries the scar of the bullet that could have ended his life.

"I remember every second of it, he didn't just shoot Tim Harvey that day he shot a police officer, every one who wakes up and puts on a uniform," said Harvey.

19-year old Johnny Hill pulled the trigger in the June 2008 shooting.

"I was actually on normal patrol when I saw the subject riding down Slappey. He turned onto 7th avenue, when I made contact with him he acted like he was going to cooperate but he didn't, I got shot in the lower left stomach," said Harvey.

Now back on the job Harvey is a detective and thankful they got the suspect.

"I have plenty of faith in my co-workers," said Harvey.

Sgt. Antonio Fletcher worked the case.

"Hill left Albany and went down Camilla tips started coming in, and as investigators we followed up on those leads and were able to get the suspect," said Fletcher.

The suspect's capture and conviction is gratifying.

"Gratifying in the sense that Officer Harvey and I are friends, but we treat every case just as important as we did this one," said Fletcher.

Harvey says the risk is part of the job, and it could have happened to anyone.

"Every person who puts on the uniform that's who he shot that day, I didn't take it personal it's the job," said Harvey.

Investigators say Hill was a member of the Westside Rattlers gang and was selling marijuana that night.

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