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Tifton police officer shot

April 20, 2008

Tifton -- Pieces of crime scene tape are all that's left from a once active scene where an officer was wounded. "The police came up and said everybody get inside and lock your doors," said Tangela Coney.

"They were over there behind the Sun Mart store. They were in the alley. They had the tape around it, and had the car inside the tape."

At around 10:00 P.M. Saturday night, Tifton Police officer Eddie Bailey was checking the Sun Mart on South Central Avenue when he saw someone in a ski mask. He drove toward him when another person approached him.

A gunman shot once into the passenger side of his patrol car hitting Baliey in the neck. Both the person in the ski mask and the gunman fled the scene.

Officer Bailey was able to call for help, and was later transported to Tift Regional Hospital. "He was the last police officer I thought it could happen too," said Antonio Richardson.

And now people in the area are rattled by the incident. "I'm surprised to see something like that especially in a little town like this and to a police officer like that who is well known," said Richardson.

"It's terrible. They are the only ones that are helping us, and we need more police officers," said Coney.

The gunman 25-year-old Germaine Curtis Akins was later arrested, but police are still looking for the other person leaving many in this neighborhood feeling unsafe.

If anyone has any information related to this incident, they should call Tifton Police at 229-382-3132.

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