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APD looks for more cop-shooters

Chief John Proctor Chief John Proctor

Albany Police are on high alert after suspected gang members shot at an officer early Tuesday morning. Two men are in the Dougherty County Jail, and police are asking for help to find five others.

The officer was fired on as he pulled up to a call about shots fired on East Residence Avenue. Before he could get out of the car, the back passenger window was shot out.

In the last week police have rounded up dozens of gang members.  Chief John Proctor stopped short of saying this shooting was in retaliation, but they believe this officer was intentionally targeted.

The Chief said, "These folks were intent on harming a police officer and we don't take that lightly."

The call came in to 911 about shots fired in the 1200 block of East Residence Avenue. Neighbors, including students getting ready for school, heard the gunfire. "I heard six gun shots this morning, early this morning around 5:00," said Tatyana Pierce.

As the officer pulled up, he spotted several men. "He put a spotlight on them to further identify who they could be and as he was doing that he saw some of them flee the area."

That's when more shots were fired at the officer, who ducked behind his cruiser for protection. The officer never fired a shot, but Proctor says the suspects got off 8 to 10 rounds.

"We found a handgun in the area, and there are indications there was a rifle used as well."

After questioning neighbors police arrested 22-year-old Sean Frazier and 21-year-old Cortavis Davis. Police need the community's help to find Steven Washington, Michael Stephens, David Stephens, Roger Farmer, and Rolando Frazier.

"We're not saying it was a retaliation but we can tell you this, they intentionally shot at the officer and that is what we do know and we're going to respond and take actions appropriate to that. As a result police are taking more precautions, making sure officers are paired up on more dangerous calls and that they're aware and watching out for anything suspicious.

Police say they're going to continue to do their jobs and this incident won't stop the work they're doing. 

 Police do believe the two man arrested are gang members, but wouldn't release which gang they're affiliated with until they get more information.

 APD's Phyllis Banks added the following information at 6:00PM:

• Both Cortavis Trinard Davis and Sean Bernard Frazier have been charged with the following:

•          Aggravated Assault (against a Police Officer)
•          Gang Participation

A third arrest has been made late this afternoon: Michael Alfonzo Stephens, DOB: 9-16-88 has been arrested and charged with the following:

• Aggravated Assault (against a Police Officer)
• Gang Participation 

  •  The City of Albany is offering a reward of up to five thousand dollars for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. 
  • Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to a thousand dollars for the arrest of suspects.

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