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Details of cop shooting released

The Spalding County S.O. has issued a news release on the shooting of a Griffin police officer Tuesday. The release lists the name of the man arrested but not the GPD officer which The Herald-Gazette has independently confirmed is Chad Moxon, a Lamar County man who made headlines when his police K9 Jimi was killed. The release from Capt. Tony Ranieri follows as received: On Tuesday 12 June 2012 units of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 4768 Old Atlanta Road reference to a person shot. When officers arrived they made contact with the ‘shooter’ and the victim. The shooter was taken into custody and the victim was turned over to Emergency Medical Personnel with non-life threatening injuries. The victim had been shot once in the hip area of his body. Investigators were called to the scene and learned that the victim is employed as a Griffin Police Officer who was off duty at the time of the incident. Investigators also learned that the incident involved a domestic situation between the officer and the ex boyfriend of the female that the officer was visiting with. At this time the shooter who has been identified as Richard Bivens, 30 years old of 3302 Granada Trail, Locust Grove, Georgia has been charged with Battery and has since made bond on that charge. Investigators are working with the District Attorneys Officer regarding the shooting part of the investigation. Due to conflicting stories investigators are going back through what has been told to them during the initial start of the investigation due to Bivens stating that he shot the officer in self defense. Bivens had also stated that he did not know the person he shot was a Griffin Police Officer. Investigators have confirmed that evidence from the investigation has shown that this was a domestic situation over a female that got out of control. The investigation continues in this matter and information at the conclusion of the investigation will be released by the Sheriff.

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