A Clayton County (GA) sheriff claims he “accidentally” shot a woman in a model home in Atlanta. To top off things off, the police let him walk scott free without even giving a statement on what happened! — Imagine that!
The woman who was shot is in critical condition and as of now, can’t speak.
Police said that the sheriff is “semi-cooperating” with the investigation.
THE DAILY BEAST– He apparently wanted to be Georgia’s own Batman.
On his first day in office, Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill terminated 27 deputies and put snipers on the office roof—just in case the disgruntled cops acted out. Then he used tax dollars to repaint squad cars with his name and deployed a military tank on drug busts.
As his county’s first black sheriff, he proudly dons a shiny gold star on his lapel and has long extolled the virtues of defeating the bad guys. He once requested assault rifles and night-vision goggles in an effort to turn his suburban Atlanta agency into a “paramilitary organization.”
In one 2012 campaign commercial, a suited actor rushes into the fictional mayor’s office and says, “We’re in a state of emergency,” before advising, “Victor Hill is the only sheriff that criminals fear.” The mayor pulls out a big red button and quietly commands, “Do it,” and Hill’s own version of the Bat-Signal flashes in the sky.
“My favorite thing as a kid was to play cops and robbers,” Hill told Atlanta Magazine in 2006, a year after being elected. “People pretty much know what they’re gonna do when they’re children … What we play as kids, ultimately, we end up playing on the stage of life for real.”
Hill’s colorful history is the stuff of made-for-TV movies, if not superhero fantasy. But now he appears less avid crime-fighter and more Clown Prince of Crime.
On Sunday evening, the sheriff accidentally shot real estate agent Gwenevere McCord, 43, inside a model home. The incident has attracted national scrutiny as authorities say Hill is trying to dodge their efforts to discern what happened. McCord, who has had two surgeries, is unable to speak, police say, and Hill hasn’t fully cooperated, according to police outside his jurisdiction.
“He refused to cooperate and give any statement,” Gwinnett county police Sgt. Brian Doan said Monday.
Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter added Tuesday, “I guess he’s semi-cooperative is the best way to put it.”
McCord—who took a bullet in the abdomen, according to police —is in critical condition. Her father, Ernest McCord, called the situation a “freak accident.” “They’re good friends,” her dad told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He’s always been a perfect gentleman with us. He’s always shown concern for us and for her.”
No charges have been filed and the investigation continues.
Hill broke his silence Tuesday afternoon. “As reported … I was involved in a tragic and heartbreaking accident,” Hill wrote in a statement posted on the sheriff office’s Facebook page.
“Gwenevere McCord, who is very dear to me, was critically injured in this accident. Please understand that for the past 48 hours, I have been entirely focused on Gwenevere and her family.”
Investigators don’t appear to buy his account completely. “There are circumstances of this that are questionable and make me question the idea that it was purely an accident,” Porter told the Gwinnett Daily Post.
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