Georgia Sheriff Refuses To Talk After Allegedly Shooting Woman In The Abdomen
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill went home Sunday after being involved in the shooting of 43-year-old real estate agent Gwenevere McCord inside of a model home in Gwinnett County, AJC reports.
Cops responded to the scene after Hill dialed a 911 operator at 5:39 pm explaining that he accidentally shot McCord while practicing “police tactics.” When Gwinnett County officers arrived at the scene, Hill told them that he was “too shaken to give a statement.” Instead, he turned over his clothing and two guns. He was permitted to go home by Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter without submitting a statement or speaking to investigators.
“I asked the police department not to take him into custody at that point, to make sure we didn’t mess it up at the beginning,” said Porter. “He had already asserted the right to remain silent.”
Per Georgia law, “a sitting sheriff cannot be charged except by a warrant issued by a Superior Court judge,” Porter explained. As of late Monday evening, Hill still has not spoken to police regarding the incident. McCord was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center where she remains in critical condition.
“She’s not able to give any information due to her condition,” police Sgt. Brian Doan said.
Porter went on to say that Hill could face reckless conduct-related charges. If McCord does not survive, felony manslaughter charges may be brought against him.
Investigators are working to reconstruct the scene, “which is a little more difficult because Sheriff Hill declined to give a statement ,” said Porter.
It is unclear what Hill was doing in Gwinnett County, but after conducting research, Porter explained that he was not there for business relating to his profession. His presence “appears to be a completely personal errand,” said Porter.
Police say that McCord and Hill had some form of a relationship; however, the nature of that relationship has not been disclosed. McCord’s co-workers at Paran Realty have expressed shock regarding the shooting.
“[She is] a wonderful person and a good Christian woman,” said Bonnie Burleigh.
“She’s a great person, that’s all I can tell you,” Venus Waters, another coworker, said. “I’m really, really shook up.”
The shooting incident isn’t Hill’s first run-in with the law since becoming sheriff. In 2013, he was acquitted of a dozen felonies including racketeering and making false statements.
We will continue to keep you posted as this story develops.