Houston DA: Decision Out Soon on Rawls Shooting

12:13 PM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
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The Houston County district attorney says he's made his decision on a March 10 fatal shooting by Warner Robins police officers.

George Hartwig is expected to decide whether the shooting of Anthony Rawls was justified or whether any crime was committed.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Hartwig said he was writing a letter detailing his decision. He planned to send it to Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans, who may release it Wednesday.

Rawls, a 49-year-old prison guard, died at his home after police were called to a domestic disturbance.

Earlier this month, a GBI spokesman said Rawls pointed a gun at his wife, and then fired shots at police.

The autopsy shows Rawls died from multiple gunshot wounds, but he did not know how many bullets struck Rawls.

At least five officers fired shots at Rawls, police say.

Warner Robins Police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh says the officers are on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete. She says the department is also conducting their own internal affairs investigation to evaluate if the officers followed department policies. 

The names of the officers involved in the shooting have not been released.


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