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DCP officers fatally shoot a man in his home

April 29, 2003

Sixty-four-year-old Bernard Takach was shot several times by at least two Dougherty County Police Officers, after he pointed a gun at them.

G.B.I. investigators say their preliminary investigation shows the shooting was justified.

Bernard Takach called 911 Monday night and told them he needed a ride to the Betty Ford Center. Fifteen minutes later, Dougherty County Police Officers shot and killed him in a hall off his kitchen.

Takach's wife Cindy answered the door when three Dougherty County Police knocked. Assistant Chief Jeremy French said she "Stated to three Dougherty County Police Officers that her husband was intoxicated, and she wanted to leave, but her husband would not let her."

One Officer was a 25-year veteran supervisor, the other two had eight and three years experience. They entered the house, and saw Takach take a .22 pistol from the top of a china cabinet and point it at them.

French said "They drew on the subject, advised him to drop the weapon twice. He kept advancing on them, still pointing the weapon. They opened fire on the subject, fatally wounding him."

Bernard Takach and his wife Cindy had moved into the home just two months ago. They had been married 24 years. He was retired from Sears. A recovering alcoholic who had been sober 15 years, Takach had recently started drinking again.

Cindy Takach did not want to talk on camera, but by phone she said her husband had been drinking Monday, but they were not arguing, and he never threatened her. She does not think her husband knew it was police in the house, and would not hurt anyone. She says the Officers shot at least six times.

Cindy Takach said she felt the officers did not have to kill her husband, but Assistant Chief French said his officers did what they are trained to do.

French said "I truly believe it was a justified homicide. It's a tragedy that something like this has to happen, anytime."

The three Dougherty County Police Officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the final outcome of the G.B.I.'s investigation. But their preliminary report says the officers acted properly. The G.B.I. crime lab performed an autopsy Tuesday.

Chief French said his three Officers were very distraught after the shooting, and counseling is available for them.

posted at 4:22PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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