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Moultrie council issues information on Peterson shooting

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

We now know the name of the Moultrie police officer who shot and killed a man during a SWAT standoff a month ago.

Corporal Eric Fries remains on administrative leave. He fired the shots that killed 51-year old Walter Wayne Peterson on Labor Day.

Peterson was shot twice in the chest as he came at officers with a knife after they surrounded his Seventh Street Northwest home following a confrontation involving Peterson at a nearby store.

Investigators say an attempt to subdue Peterson with a stun gun was unsuccessful.

The GBI is still investigating the shooting. GBI agents and Moultrie Police refused to release Corporal Fries' name, but the Moultrie City Council revealed it.

They promise to meet with the public about the case once the GBI issues its report to prosecutors.

 

Here is a news release from the Moultrie City Council- 

TO THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF MOULTRIE:

As many of you know, on September 5, 2011, Walter Wayne Peterson was shot and killed by Eric Fries, who is a police officer for the City of Moultrie who was working in his capacity as a member of the city/county tactical team.

Since the shooting occurred, we have been made aware of concerns that have been voiced by citizens of the City of Moultrie. In particular, we have been told that citizens have complained about the lack of information that has been released about the incident.

For that reason, we are taking this opportunity to familiarize the public about what has taken place since the incident occurred.

Following the shooting, the Moultrie Police Department contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (the "GBI"), and alerted that agency as to what had taken place. Thereafter, agents of the GBI initiated an investigation into the events that occurred on the day in question.

It is our understanding that, in the course of the investigation, GBI agents interviewed witnesses, examined videotape, and conducted testing. We also understand that the GBI is almost finished with its investigation and, when the investigation is complete, all of the documents and materials gathered during the course of the investigation will be available to the Moultrie Police Department.

In an effort to keep the public fully informed, as soon as the Police Department obtains the information from the GBI, it will be released to the media, and will be made available to the public for copying or inspection.

In addition, shortly after the information is released, Frank Lang, who is the Chief of the Moultrie Police Department, will hold an open meeting so that he can address any question the public may have about the investigation, and the finding of the investigation. We will advertise the date and location of that meeting once it is determined.

We hope that this information will satisfy some of the concerns that have been expressed during the last couple of weeks.

However, if anyone has additional concerns about this matter, we encourage you to call Chief Lang at his office at (229) 890-5448 as Chief Lang is the person most familiar with the status of the investigation.

Moultrie City Council

 

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