Warner Robins police to release DA’s ruling on shootout Thursday

chwright@macon.comMarch 27, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Police plan to release on Thursday the district attorney’s determination of a recent police shoot-out that left a Kathleen man dead, according to spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh.

Pugh said the department was swamped Wednesday with other events, including the awarding of badges to three police dogs, and wasn’t able to release the decision Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig made Tuesday about the shooting of Anthony “Tony” Rawls, 50.

“Chief (Brett) Evans is taking this opportunity to sit down with the officers involved to discuss the decision and explain what actions will be taken next,” a police news release states. “We will release District Attorney Hartwig’s letter tomorrow afternoon along with a brief statement from the department via e-mail from Public Information Officer Tabitha Pugh.”

Warner Robins officials did not respond to an open records request The Telegraph made Wednesday for a copy of Hartwig’s letter. Hartwig did not return a message for comment.

Rawls, a lieutenant with the state Department of Corrections who worked at Macon State Prison, was killed March 10 after police responded to a 911 call that a man was waving a gun and threatening his wife at their home on Huntwood Lane. Five officers exchanged gunfire with Rawls.

Few details of the shooting, including what prompted the gunfire, have been publicly released.

The officers, who have not been publicly identified, are on paid administrative leave.

The GBI, which looked into the shooting at the request of police, briefed Hartwig on Monday about its findings. A GBI official said the agency has not completed its final report.

Warner Robins police also are conducting an internal investigation, which is not yet complete.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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