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Deputy Shot While Serving Warrant; Remains in Serious Condition

Atlanta Journal Constitution via YellowBrix

November 29, 2010

DEKALB COUNTY, GA – A DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy was in serious condition Sunday night after being shot while serving a warrant, Sheriff Thomas Brown said.

The deputy, Cpl. Gary Freeman, was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a misdemeanor charge to Joshua Matthew Waller around 7 p.m., Brown said. Waller is accused of simple battery against a neighbor in the Keys Crossing condominiums, off Briarwood Road, Brown said.

Waller, 36, opened the front door holding a gun and shot Freeman in the forearm, Brown said. Another deputy returned fire, striking the suspect in the upper torso. Freeman, a 13-year veteran with the sheriff’s office, was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was in serious, but stable condition.

Waller then refused to come out of his home and barricaded himself inside for several hours, Brown said. Waller surrendered to police shortly after 11 p.m. when he came out of his home and asked for a cigarette, Channel 2 Actions News reported. He was then put into an ambulance to be transported to a hospital.

The entrances to the condominiums were blocked Sunday evening during the incident, a resident told the AJC.

Mike Bartolacci saw several police cars in the area has he tried to return home around 8 p.m. He watched as officers carrying rifles and other weapons ran through the area.

“It looks like they are searching for somebody," Bartolacci said.

Bartolacci said he was told it would be several hours before he would be able to enter the complex. Other residents were evacuated from their homes.

Waller has previously been arrested three times in DeKalb on drunk driving charges, police said.


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    Gombino

    over 3 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Get well soon, Brother.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    51038 Comments

    Prayers for a full and speedy recovery. Hope the POS rots in hell.

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    corylovesandrea

    over 3 years ago

    6222 Comments

    Robocop said it best. Hoping for full and speedy recovery.

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Best wishes for a full recovery to Cpl Freeman. It is a shame that the lowlife is still among the living.

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    SPD198823

    over 3 years ago

    50 Comments

    Glad he made it out okay. Get well soon brother.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Speedy recovery Cpl. Gary Freeman.

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    schedir81

    over 3 years ago

    168 Comments

    Thank god he's ok....have a speedy recovery brother.

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    Stirlitz_US

    over 3 years ago

    136 Comments

    Get well soon brother.

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    bsears

    over 3 years ago

    9640 Comments

    Prayers for a speedy recovery.

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Get well soon brother.

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    PIP9132

    over 3 years ago

    412 Comments

    speedy recovery

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    On a misdemeanor warrant........stay paranoid gentlemen...it helps

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14642 Comments

    Prayers for a quick and complete recovery my brother.
    As for the POS that shot you, I hope your partners round hurts like hell. Maybe he will develop an infection and die from this wound.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    PRAYERS FOR A FULL AND SPEEDY RECOVERY

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    dolphinblue

    over 3 years ago

    42984 Comments

    Speedy and fulll recovery.

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