Valdosta resident finds bullet in wall after police shootout

Valdosta resident finds bullet in wall after police shootout
He said when he arrived at the apartment, he didn't think anything unusual was happening, bu that quickly changed. (Source: WALB)
Steven Bowers, Valdosta Three Oak Apartment resident (Source: WALB)
Steven Bowers, Valdosta Three Oak Apartment resident (Source: WALB)
James Simmons, Valdosta Three Oak Apartment resident (Source: WALB)
James Simmons, Valdosta Three Oak Apartment resident (Source: WALB)
Bobby Worthy, Valdosta Shootout Witness (Source: WALB)
Bobby Worthy, Valdosta Shootout Witness (Source: WALB)
Steven Bowers was shocked to find bullet casings in his apartment. (Source: WALB)
Steven Bowers was shocked to find bullet casings in his apartment. (Source: WALB)

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - GBI agents said a man called 911 Friday morning reporting a car break-in, then opened fire when an officer showed up. Both the officer and the suspect remain hospitalized.

Residents in Valdosta Three Oak Apartments were still uneasy Friday night. Many still can't believe a shootout between an officer and a neighbor happened right outside their homes.

"So this is where it came into his room," said Steven Bowers, a resident in the complex.

This morning at 8 o'clock, Bowers was shocked to find bullet casings in his apartment.

"We heard three loud bangs. We thought they were just firecrackers or fireworks from 4th of July weekend," said Bowers.

Bowers was sadly mistaken. Those bangs were gunshots.

It was a frightening wake-up call for residents at Valdosta's Three Oaks Apartments.

"I came out of the room to see my roommate crawling on the floor and a hole in his wall," said Bowers.

Neighbors were in disbelief that a shootout occurred right in their backyard.

"I'm kind of shocked. A little bit of adrenaline rush. I didn't know what was happening outside," said Bowers.

James Simmons another resident in the complex, said he's lucky he missed most of the madness.

"At first, I was like wow, it was a relief. And I just thank God that I had just left because usually I'd probably would have stayed," said Simmons.

Bobby Worthy was visiting a friend in the complex and knew right away something was wrong.

"I know I counted ten, 15 police officers coming by so I knew to be a shooting for that many police officers to come at that one time right behind each other," said Worthy.

Bowers can't imagine why anyone would call 911 and then attack a responding officer.

"It's kind of fishy. There's something not right there," said Bowers.

He doesn't feel unsafe, but he said he will be mindful of his surroundings in the town.

Bowers said he has no plans to move.

The complex maintenance staff did look over the damage.

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