MOULTRIE -- Many policemen will tell you that they had just as soon respond to a robbery as to try to intervene in a domestic dispute. And whether it was actually a domestic dispute is yet to be determined, but allegedly a woman and man were arguing, gunfire erupted and an officer was caught in the middle, having to return fire himself.
This all happened Wednesday evening.
The police report stated that a Moultrie police officer was caught in the middle of an argument between an unknown female and an unknown male. The female in the incident shot at the male, and the officer returned a volley of fire before the incident broke up, police reports said.
Police reports said the officer was on patrol on First Avenue Northwest when he heard a shot fired at 9:47 p.m. Wednesday. The officer got out of his vehicle and saw a fight at the intersection of First Avenue Northwest and Eighth Street Northwest.
When the officer got to the scene, reports said he saw the female running toward a residence on First Avenue Northwest, and he saw a male walking toward a vehicle. The officer reported that he saw the male was carrying a silver gun wrapped in a white T-shirt, and the officer told him to drop the gun.
The female started firing shots from the residence at the officer and at the male whom she had been arguing with, reports said. The officer fired seven shots back at the female and ordered her to drop her gun.
Police reports said the officer was caught in the crossfire while the woman shot at both him and at the male. The officer saw the female redirect her aim toward the male then they both fled from the scene on foot. No one appeared to have been injured as a result of the incident, police reports said.
The officer described the man involved in the incident as a black male about six feet tall and muscular, weighing between 200 and 220 pounds, and reports said the woman was described as a black female between five feet, four inches and five feet, six inches tall and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds.
A second officer arrived at the scene and spoke with several witnesses following the incident, reports said. Two women stated they were sitting in a swing but fell backwards out of it when the shooting started.
Reports said one of the women began to continue telling the officer what happened then stopped abruptly. The other woman stated she did not see much of the incident but stated she knew the male by the nickname "Marble Head."
Another witness stated he saw the incident take place, and police reports said he told the officer the male was using a 9mm handgun during the incident. He saw the male fire a shot into the ground, and the officer found that round near the swing.
No arrests had been made in the case as of Thursday afternoon.
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