Crime

No charges to be filed against Bibb deputy in March shooting

No charges will be filed against a Bibb County deputy who shot a knife-wielding man earlier this year.

Raymond Lee Kitchens, 39, allegedly tried to run from deputies who responded to a March 4 domestic dispute between Kitchens and his wife on Rocky Creek Road.

At some point, he was zapped with a Taser, but broke free from the device wires. Armed with a knife, he moved toward Deputy Ossie Cotton, who fired once, striking Kitchens in the abdomen, authorities have said.

"Based on his conduct toward the officers and the surrounding circumstances, it's clear the shooting was justified," Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David Cooke said Tuesday.

Bibb County grand jurors indicted Kitchens Tuesday on two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer stemming from his interaction with two deputies, according to an indictment filed in Bibb County Superior Court.

Kitchens also was indicted on charges from the domestic dispute -- family violence-related aggravated assault and aggravated battery, according to the indictment.He allegedly used his hand to choke his wife and struck a family friend in the head, injuring her eye, when she tried to pull him off his wife.

Kitchens is being held at the Bibb County jail without bond, according to jail records.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.

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