LAWRENCEVILLE Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill stayed silent Monday as the woman he shot Sunday in Gwinnett County remained in critical condition, according to police.
The woman, identified as 43-year-old real estate agent Gwenevere McCord, was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center after the being shot in the side at a model home for the Park Haven community near Grayson in unincorporated Lawrenceville. Hill, reportedly a friend of McCord, contacted 911 to report the incident, telling the operator it was an accident before declining to cooperate with detectives, Cpl. Deon Washington of Gwinnett police said.
No charges have been filed against the sheriff, who was released from the scene.
Police have described the shooting as accidental. Asked how that determination was made, Washington said, Sheriff Hill told dispatchers that the shooting was an accident. However, since we have not interviewed Sheriff Hill or the victim, that has not been confirmed.
While the sheriff and his office remained publicly mum on the incident Monday, an internal email obtained by the Daily Post said the agency is operating as usual.
We would ask for your continued prayers and support as we work through this challenging time, Hills chief deputy, Shon Hill, wrote to Clayton County employees Monday morning. The men and women of the Clayton County Sheriffs Office will continue to persevere and carry on the day to day operations of the Sheriffs Office.
The shooting was reported just before 6 p.m. Sunday.
Hill and McCord were alone in the model home, where the woman works, when the shooting happened, Washington said. The spokesman was unaware if the gun involved was Hills service weapon.
McCord was unable to make a statement to police because of her condition, police said.
Hill sat in a local detectives car in front of the home until about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when he was loaded into an SUV with his attorney and associates and allowed to leave the scene. His attorney, Musa M. Ghanayem, who also represented Hill in a previous public corruption case, declined to comment to the Daily Post.
Gwinnett police Sgt. Brian Doan said the sheriff wasnt receiving special treatment.
When youre dealing with an active sheriff in the state of Georgia, theres certain laws and things that have to be done, he said Sunday night, adding that no charges may ever be filed in the ongoing investigation. Its not like an average citizen when we can take them to jail for, lets say, reckless conduct. Thats why weve been in consultation with our district attorneys office.
District Attorney Danny Porter told the Daily Post on Sunday night that detaining a sheriff can be complicated in Georgia. Porter said he was comfortable with Hill leaving partly because hes not going anywhere, and that its too early to say if charges will be filed.
Hill has been Claystons sheriff since January 2013 and previously served a term from 2005 to 2008. In 2013, he was found not guilty in the corruption case, which initially accused him of a variety of crimes, including racketeering and theft.
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