An unidentified woman is in critical condition after being shot by an Atlanta-area sheriff who was acquitted three years ago in a major public corruption case. The Sheriff has been uncooperative with officers on the scene.
The woman was found shot in the abdomen Sunday evening.
The shooter was identified as Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, police said.
Hill refused to speak with investigators at the scene and was released with no charges, police said.
“He refuses to give any statements,” Gwinnett County police Sgt. Brian Doan told reporters.
The shooting was “reported as accidental,” police said late Sunday in a statement.
The Associated Press reports:
In 2012, Hill was elected sheriff despite being under indictment on felony corruption charges.
A jury the following year acquitted him of the 27 felony charges, including theft and giving false statements.
The jury’s acquittal cleared the way for Hill to continue as sheriff in the county south of Atlanta. The charges had stemmed from Hill’s previous term as Clayton County’s sheriff, from 2005 to 2008. The indictment accused Hill of using his office for personal gain. Special Assistant District Attorney Layla Zon said during the trial that Hill used his county car for trips that he paid for, in part, by using a government credit card.
But Hill’s attorneys argued that the charges were politically motivated. Hill has drawn controversy since the day he first took office in 2005, when he fired 27 deputies. A judge later ordered that the deputies be reinstated.
No charges have been filed in the ongoing investigation. Police said that any possible charges against Hill would proceed differently since he’s a sheriff.
“When you’re an active sheriff in the state of Georgia, there are certain legal requirements and steps that have to be taken,” Doan told reporters. “It’s not just an average citizen where you can take out a warrant for their arrest.”
Shouldn’t officials be held to a higher standard?
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