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GBI investigates officer-involved shooting in Warner Robins

1:01 AM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Warner Robins Police say a call that began as a domestic dispute, ended with one man dead and an officer wounded.

They asked the GBI to investigate independently, which is standard procedure when officers are involved in a shooting.

Family and friends talked Monday morning about what happened Sunday night on Huntwood Lane.

They said 49-year-old father and supervisor at Macon State Prison, Anthony Rawls, was killed by police gunfire outside his home.

Monday, Earl Rawls Jr. said he and other family members were at his brother's home Sunday night to visit with Anthony's son, who just graduated from college.

Earl says Anthony and his wife stayed on the front porch most of the night. He said, "There was no fighting going on."

Police said a 911 call said Rawls had a gun and was threatening his wife.

Neighbor Donna Stuckey said another member of Rawl's family told her what allegedly happened.

Stuckey said, "He held a gun to his wife's head. Then, to a police officer."

Earl Rawls said he didn't see that, just what happened when officers arrived. He said he was standing outside the home.

He said, "The officer ran over here, told him to show his hands or something. They started hollering, shot over there at them, and after that, a bunch of shots were fired."

Earl Rawls said he believes his brother didn't fire at police, and criticized officers for shooting toward the house, after he told them two children were inside.

Rawls said, "They didn't negotiate. They didn't try to talk to him or nothing."

Donna Stuckey didn't know what to make of the situation. She said, "I know that when you point a gun at a police officer, that's it."

She said it still doesn't make sense, calling Anthony Rawls not a just a neighbor, but a friend.

Stuckety said, "Its just very stunning for everybody who lives here, because he would've given you the shirt off his back. He would do anything for his neighbors, for his family. Im just in shock."

Warner Robins police say an officer was treated for minor injuries.

Neither police, nor the GBI have said how many officers were involved or how many shots were fired.

The officers who fired shots are on paid administrative leave during the investigation. Their names have not been released.

The GBI's Perry office has not returned our phone calls.

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