The Augusta Chronicle, Ga.
Law enforcement in Burke County responded to four shootings over the weekend, including one in which a deputy killed an armed man on Saturday
Three separate shootings were reported early Sunday morning, each about an hour apart. Burke County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard said they have only confirmed one of the shootings, but are still investigating the other two reports.
On Saturday, Deputy Eric Madison shot and killed Fredrick Andrews Hadden Jr., 45, on the corner of Farmer’s Bridge Road and Springhill Church Road. Hadden shot at Madison and his ex-wife, striking her twice as she ran to hide behind Madison’s patrol car, according to the sheriff’s office.
Madison was unharmed and the woman is in stable condition at AU Medical Center. According to District Attorney Natalie Paine, Madison shot at Hadden 18 times, hitting him with several rounds.
Madison is a rookie officer with nearly one year on the force but served a combat deployment in Afghanistan and a deployment to Kuwait during his eight-year Navy career, according to the sheriff’s office.
Following an investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Force Investigation Unit and after reviewing the video, Paine said she will not present the case to a grand jury and called the shooting justified.
Blanchard said the three shootings Sunday are concerning to the sheriff’s office. They have increased patrols throughout the summer, assigning school resources officers to patrols, while school is out.
In Waynesboro, Mayor Greg Carswell implemented a strict enforcement of the curfew ordinance on July 5 for youths under age 18 after a string of shootings. The curfew prohibits juveniles from being outside between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Although the shootings on Sunday don’t appear to involve juveniles, Blanchard said the curfew has been beneficial.
He encourages people to contact 911 instead of local law enforcement if a situation is in progress since that can result in a faster response.
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