GBI Continues Lavonia Pastor Death Probe

GBI Continues Lavonia Pastor Death Probe

There are 524 comments on the MyFOX Atlanta story from Sep 7, 2009, titled GBI Continues Lavonia Pastor Death Probe. In it, MyFOX Atlanta reports that:

There were new details Monday in the shooting of a Georgia pastor who was killed by police in a botched drug sting.

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#542 Nov 7, 2010
Gubby gubby gubby, nothing else to say speaks VOLUMES!!!!!

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Since: Mar 08

North East Ga

#543 Nov 9, 2010
Carl C Childers wrote:
Gubby gubby gubby, nothing else to say speaks VOLUMES!!!!!
And to who would I be replying? I haven't heard much from you on the subject....
Atticus Finch

Liverpool, NY

#544 Sep 7, 2012
After a minute or two, Harrison then decided that the agents should drive over to the Shell station to speak with Ayers. Def.'s SMF at ¶ 17; Pl.'s Resp. SMF at ¶ 17. At the time, though, Harrison did not have probable cause or the right to detain Ayers; Ayers was free to deny his request to speak with him. Harrison Dep. at 137-138.
At the time the agents drove over, Commander Bryant was driving, Oxner was sitting in the front passenger seat, and Harrison was sitting behind Bryant in the rear passenger seat. Def.'s SMF at ¶ 19; Pl.'s Resp. SMF at ¶ 19.
After using the ATM, Ayers then exited the Shell station and proceeded to his vehicle. Once Ayers got in the driver seat, the agents abruptly drove into the Shell parking lot in the unmarked Escalade. Without waiting on the uniformed officer and marked police cruiser which Defendants had called to make the stop, Wise Dep., Dkt. No.[180] at 8:7-19, Harrison quickly exited the vehicle from the left rear passenger door and immediately pulled his weapon. Video at 14:27:49-50; Motes Depo., Dkt. No.[190] at 50:22-25 ("When I first seen [Harrison], he had a gun. That's what signaled me to call the law, the 911.").2 Harrison then approached Ayers' passenger side window. Motes Aff., Dkt. No.[190-1] at ¶¶ 5-6; Nicholson Aff., Dkt. No.[197] at 24:17-21.Without identifying himself as a police officer, Harrison either waived his gun at Ayers or tapped his gun on Ayers' right front door window and told Ayers to "get out of the car." Kervin Aff., Dkt. No.[165-6] at ¶ 7; Motes Aff., Dkt. No.[190-1] at ¶¶ 6, 10; Ex. 111 to Oxner Dep., Interview between Mark Roberts and Oxner, Dkt. No.[176] at 11:5-8 (stating that Harrison had his weapon displayed when he first approached Ayers).
Ayers thought he was being robbed and began to back up in a circle around the Escalade to avoid the perceived armed robbery. Kervin Aff., Dkt. No.[165-6] at ¶ 7; Motes Aff., Dkt. No.[190-1] at ¶ 5. While Ayers was quickly backing, Defendant Oxner then exited the Escalade to assist Harrison and ran into the path of Ayers' vehicle-putting himself in harm's way. Video at 14:27:48-54. In an attempt to avoid being run over, Oxner then hit the back of Ayers' vehicle with his hand and jumped to the right. Id. at 14:27:48-54. As Oxner was jumping out of the way, Harrison ran toward the reversing vehicle with his gun pointed at Ayers. Id.
At this point, while Ayers' vehicle was continuing to move backward, Oxner was standing by the right quarter panel of the vehicle, Harrison was continuing to run at the vehicle, and Bryant was slowly turning the Escalade around toward the action. Id. at 14:27:53-55. Harrison then fired the first shot which struck the vehicle in the passenger side door. In response, Ayers put the car in drive to try and flee the attack, turning the car's wheels away from Harrison and toward the roadway. Harrison shot again as the vehicle was turned away from him. Id. It was this shot that killed Ayers.
However, Ayers' death was not imminent. Ayers left the Shell station and proceeded down Broad Street with Harrison and Oxner initially following on foot. At the end of the parking lot, Oxner jumped in the Escalade with Defendant Bryant. However, Bryant and Oxner made a wrong turn and lost pursuit so they did not witness any additional interactions between Ayers and Harrison.
Ayers then crashed his vehicle below the Toccoa Fire Department and got out of the car. As Harrison approached the vehicle with his gun still in his hand, he screamed "you son-of-a-bitch, you'll learn to stop." Ayers then got back in the vehicle, and Harrison forcibly pulled him back out and struggled to get Ayers under control.
EMS was called and while they were prepping Ayers, he kept asking, "am I going to make it?" Once at the hospital and while he was being prepped for surgery, Ayers told police officers that he thought he was being robbed. Ayers died shortly thereafter.
Atticus Finch

Endicott, NY

#546 Feb 8, 2014
The trial is finally underway!

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