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Molena man owned home where cop was shot

A Lamar County man who works as a City of Griffin police officer was shot in the hip during a domestic altercation in Spalding County June 12. Officer Chad Moxon was off duty when the incident occurred at a residence located at 4768 Old Atlanta Road. According to Spalding County tax records, the home there is owned by James Lawrence Scott of Molena. Spalding County sheriff Wendell Beam said his deputies were dispatched to the home after receiving a call regarding the shooting. They arrested the alleged shooter, 30-year-old Richard Bivens of Locust Grove. Bivens was charged with battery and later released on bond. He claims he shot Moxon in self defense after an argument over a female and was unaware his victim was a police officer. Moxon was not part of the law enforcement response to the scene. Beam did not identify Moxon as the victim. He turned over to EMS personnel with a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening. The Herald-Gazette independently confirmed the identity of the victim and no one in authority has disputed that identification. The Herald Gazette has made two requests for the incident report but none has been forthcoming and an open records request was filed Wednesday. Moxon drew widespread media attention in 2009 when Jimi, his police dog, was killed.

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