Warner Robins Man Charged in Shooting

3:57 PM, Apr 28, 2008   |    comments
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A Warner Robins man who police say shot a code-enforcement officer Wednesday and fired at several other people is now in jail. According to a press release from the Warner Robins Police Department, John Thomas Adcock was released from the Medical Center of Central Georgia on Monday. He was taken to the Warner Robins Police Department, and processed with the following charges: -- Criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery for shooting code-enforcement officer Beau Weathers; -- Two aggravated assault warrants for firing at police Capt. Bill Capps; -- and three counts of aggravated assault for firing at three wrecker drivers. The release says Adcock will remain in the Houston County Detention Center without bond. It also says Warner Robins police will turn the case over to the Houston County District Attorney's Office. Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans says officers took Adcock into custody shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, after a nine-hour standoff at 204 Ward St. Evans says Adcock shot Officer Beau Weathers around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Police say, Weathers was shot in the shoulder while on a code-enforcement visit to the home. Police say Weathers was released from the Medical Center on Sunday, and is recovering from his injuries. Evans says police contacted Adcock around 6:30 Wednesday night. He says after several hours, police decided to send a robot into the Ward Street house to investigate the scene. Officers then entered the house and found Adcock unconscious. A police news release Thursday said Adcock had taken a large amount of prescription medication. Evans says an ambulance transported Adcock to the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. He is also in stable condition, according to police. After the shooting, police say Adcock barricaded himself in the house at 204 Ward Street. The Warner Robins Police Department Special Tactics and Response Team was dispatched to the scene. Officers closed streets in the surrounding area, because they say Adcock had high-powered weapons inside the house. Warner Robins city council member John Williams said the shooting resulted from complaints to the council Monday night about code enforcement in the neighborhood. He said code-enforcement officer Bo Weathers and police officer Bill Capps spent the morning in the neighborhood visiting homes with reported violations. According to Williams, Weathers and Capps met with Adcock about several junk cars in his yard. According to police, Adcock became upset and shot Weathers with a shotgun. He then got a rifle and fired at Capps. According to the Houston County Board of Education, Lindsey Elementary School, which is about 100 yards away from the scene, was locked down. Students of Lindsey Elementary were transported by bus to the First United Methodist Church off North Davis Drive, according to Warner Robins Police Detective Karen Stokes. Parents picked up their children at the church. In a telephone message to parents, Lindsey Elementary Principal, Anthony Lunceford said, "All children are safe, so please do not worry." He added, "Please do not call the school as all faculty and staff are supervising your children. Be assured that a police officer is with us and I am with the children as well. Your child's safety is my first priority." According to Evans, the school board says Lindsey Elementary School will be closed on Thursday. School board members say if the administration decides to open the school, parents will be notified by voicemail.

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