A Macon police officer is on administrative leave after he shot a suspect twice in the 1100 block of High- tower Road on Sunday.
Anthony Hill told police he saw 38-year-old Greg Williams banging on a window at 1107 Hightower Road about 11 a.m. Hill and another man who lives on Hightower Road said they saw Williams try to throw a small child through a window at the home, according to a police report.
Williams, of a Margaret Drive address, was cut and started to bleed as he tried to push the child through the window. Officers “believe” Williams is the child’s father, said Jami Gaudet, a police spokeswoman.
Gaudet said a woman claiming to be the child’s mother called police. Police have learned that a hearing was scheduled for Monday at Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.
When one of the men told Williams he was calling the police, Williams went to a nearby house, at 1121 Hightower Road, and started banging on it, according to the report.
Williams put the child on the ground before he was confronted by officer Santel Smith in the front yard of the house. He refused to comply with the officer’s repeated commands, and during an ensuing struggle between Smith and Williams, Williams grabbed the officer’s baton.
Williams charged the officer, whose vision was impaired from Williams’ blood in his eyes, Gaudet said.
Fearing for his safety, Smith fired at Williams with his service weapon at close range, hitting Williams twice, according to police.
When other police officers arrived, they found a knife in Williams’ waistband. An officer applied pressure to a wound on Williams’ right side until firefighters and paramedics arrived.
Williams was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit Monday. Smith, who works out of the department’s Precinct 4 office, also went to the hospital.
He was treated and released, according to police.
Multiple charges are pending against Williams.
The department’s Internal Affairs office also is investigating the case. Smith, placed on administrative leave, has been with the department for a little more than a year, Gaudet said.
The incident happened about seven hours after a masked intruder forced his way into 1107 Hightower Road about 4 a.m. Hill told police he was at the house with several other people when a young black man, wearing a green rag over his face, a camouflage jacket and dark pants, knocked on the door, according to a police report.
The intruder forced his way in after Hill opened the door. The intruder tried to rob another man at the house at gunpoint, but Hill struggled to get the gun away from the intruder, according to the report.
During the struggle between Hill and the intruder, the gun went off. The intruder and several people from the house ran away. The bullet struck 17-year-old Brandon Tyler in the chest, but it didn’t penetrate the skin, according to police.
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