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Valdosta officer shot, suspects in jail

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  A Valdosta Police officer was shot Friday morning by a suspected drug dealer.

That officer is okay and the suspect is in jail.

Drug agents were serving a no-knock warrant on Ponderosa Drive.

That means they don't have to announce their presence before breaking down a door. They say the man they were trying to arrest opened fire as soon as they got inside.

Det. Jeremy Duncan was shot in the hand.

27-year old Javon McCloud is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer. He's accused of shooting Valdosta Det. Jeremy Duncan in the hand. The drug squad was serving a search warrant here at 803 Ponderosa Drive. They busted open the door and announced they were there.

"As soon as the door was open shots were fired," said Valdosta Police Lt. Aaron Kirk.

McCloud and 24-year old Imari Smith who was also inside the home are charged with possession with intent to distribute ecstasy and marijuana.

"There's no indication officers returned fire," said Kirk.

The bullet grazed the officer's hand. Det. Duncan was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.

 "I'm just certainly glad he didn't get hurt any worse than he did," said Jeffery Myers.

Also on the property was a litter of pit pull puppies. You see here the adult pit bulls taken from the property.

Everyday officers put their lives on the lines and at times take bullets for us. And thankfully he's okay and two suspected drug dealers are behind bars.

The last time a Valdosta police officer was shot was in 2008.

Patrol officer Brian Becton was shot three times when he responded to a call of suspicious activity.

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