GBI investigating Albany officer involved use of force case

GBI investigating Albany officer involved use of force case
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 7:32 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2022 at 3:47 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is currently investigating the use of force used by an officer in a Wednesday domestic disturbance incident, according to the Albany Police Department (APD).

Around 1:26 a.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to the block of 1300 Montego Court about a domestic disturbance.

Police said when they arrived, they found that Richard Lee Hunter, had assaulted a family member with a handgun.

Hunter was arrested after a two-hour stand-off with SWAT and negotiation personnel.
Hunter was arrested after a two-hour stand-off with SWAT and negotiation personnel.(Dougherty County Jail)

Police said Hunter became erratic and screamed at the officers before firing shots at them.

An Albany police officer returned fire and the suspect went back into the home, according to APD.

SWAT and negotiation personnel responded and were there for over two hours before Hunter was taken into custody, according to APD.

He was taken to the Dougherty County Jail on aggravated assault charges.

APD officials said the GBI was called in to investigate the officer’s use of force.

The investigation is ongoing.

On Thursday, WALB News 10 is speaking with Albany Police Chief Michael Persley on this incident. A WALB news crew was also at the scene when the shooting happened. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Albany Police Department at (229) 431-2100 or CrimeStoppers at (229) 436-TIPS.

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