Suspect arrested in Cobb County cop shooting

8:10 PM, Feb 4, 2014   |    comments
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COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police have charged one man and are questioning two other people in the shooting of a Cobb County police officer.

The suspected shooter was found hiding a stairwell in a house just south of Interstate 285, about a mile from the scene. Two other people -- one man and one woman -- were detained and are being questioned by police.

The suspect, 36-year-old James Albert Phillips, was found after an all-out search with more than 100 officers by air and on the road. A team of patrol officers noticed something usual at one property and investigated, where they found the suspected shooter.

"The officers were just out doing a routine check, looking around as we normally do in this type of incident, and they came upon him," Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said. "I don't know whose home. It was not (the shooter's) home. At this point, we believe it may have been abandoned or closed. Nobody was home at that point."

The suspect is accused of shooting the officer at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Powers Ferry and Windy Hill roads.

Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman said the incident began when the officer, identified as C.A. Vill, tried to pull over a blue Volvo. The suspect shot the officer and then got away in a red 2011 Ford Fusion with Georgia license plate BEX3690.

Bowman said Vill was stable, alert and talking after the shooting and is expected to recover, but needs to undergo surgery. He is being treated at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Pierce described the victim as a "seasoned" police officer who has been with Cobb County for about a year and a half.

Investigators searched the Ray's on the River restaurant and the Chattahoochee Chase townhouse complex on Riverbend Club Drive in their hunt for the suspect. 

"He was found in a stairwell of a home that's fairly near the Chattahoochee River, and he surrendered without incident there," said Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce.

Phillips is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and is being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center

Phillips has served two prison terms -- five months in 2011 and eight months in 2013. Both terms were for obstruction of an officer and possession of meth, and both in Cherokee County.

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