[UPDATE] Albany Police Officer's Killer May Face Death Penalty

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Update 2-3 5:58 PM

WCTV spoke with District Attorney Greg Edwards who said the state is seeking the death penalty for Thomas. Edwards said they are still awaiting forensic testing so Thomas can be proven guilty without resonable doubt. Edwards confirms that Thomas is still behind bars and was denied bond.

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UPDATE 12-28-2010 9:37 pm
"This is a call we'll pray we'll never get but we're always aware that we may," said Chief Cheek.

This call rang through on Thursday night telling Chief of Police that Lieutenant Cliff Rouse was killed in the line of duty.

39-year old Rouse was gunned down while responding to a robbery at a convenience store.

"This is the first officer that this department has ever lost in 73 years,"
said Cheek.

Hundreds of officers from the state of Georgia and surrounding areas came to pay tribute to an officer they say was a leader and a hero.

"The love of what he did love of his family ... he was a good good hearted person," said Cheek.

Rouse's family asked that we not bring a camera inside but you can see the sorrow on the faces of the men and women as they walk in they say it's an honor to pay their last respects.

Authorities say 20-year-old Dontavius Thomas is the identified suspect and will face felony murder charges among others. Thomas had his first appearance where a judge ordered him to stay behind bars without bond.

Authorities say despite it all Rouse's family is holding up pretty well.

" They're doing as well as you can expect someone to do under these conditions; this not something people should have to deal with," said Cheek.

Rouse served the Doughtery County Police force for 18 years and was described dedicated and passionate about his family and profession.

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UPDATE 12-28-2010

39-year-old Cliff Rouse was killed in the line of duty last Thursday 12/23 when he responded to a robbery at a convenience store.

Chief Don Cheek told WCTV this is the first police officer with the department killed in 73 years. Officers from the state of Georgia and surrounding areas came to pay their last respects to Rouse .... who they say was a leader and a hero.

Chief Cheek says Dougherty County Police have reached out to Rouse's family. ""They're family to us ... we'll be walking them through all of this it won't stop today with the funeral."

Rouse is survived by his two children and wife.

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Albany, GA (AP) - Dougherty County's police chief says an
officer is dead and a 20-year-old man is in jail following a
shooting at a mobile home park.

Police Chief Don Cheek says Lt. Cliff Rouse was investigating an
armed robbery at a convenience store Thursday night when the
shooting occurred.

Cheek says the 39-year-old Rouse had gone to a mobile home park
in search of a suspect when he was shot in the abdomen and in a
leg.

Cheek says Dontavious Raynard Thomas is being held in the
Dougherty County Jail charged with felony murder, armed robbery and
possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The 39-year-old Rouse is survived by his wife and two children.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Race Sleuth Location: Southside on Feb 4, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    Re:FAMU Student @ Lee Hall. You expect us to believe that you are a FAMU student at Lee Hall? I was born at night, but not last night. You are a hate-monger who is probably white, posting something that is aimed at starting a little race war with the postings. Sensible people, please ignore this fool. I know plenty of african americans and none would be stupid enough to post something like this...
  • by FAMU Student Location: Lee Hall on Feb 3, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    You white people need to wait until he's found guilty before you spread your hate.
  • by what do they expect Location: ga on Feb 3, 2011 at 05:50 PM
    this ys not the first officer albany has lost in 73 years. they lost their sheriff a few years ago to federal prision for dealing drugs.
  • by Police Officer's Wife Location: Tallahassee on Dec 29, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    This is one of my worst fears! God bless this hero and his family!
  • by WHY Location: Tally on Dec 29, 2010 at 04:39 AM
    WHY is that piece of trash still alive, he shot a PO, needs to be dead now, no trial just put against a wall and shot or hung in public.
  • by Economic War fare on Dec 28, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    Druggys are robbing to get money to give to drug dealers. I say keep the sale of pot illegal, but allow the pot smokers to grow their own pot. That way the drug dealers go bankrupt.
  • by GaGirl Location: Crawfordville on Dec 28, 2010 at 05:38 PM
    A truely awesome man and I had the honor of knowing you. Peace be with your family.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 at 04:49 PM
    Please, please DO NOT let this piece of garbage eat 3 hot meals a day in prison on our dime for the rest of his miserable, worthless life. May justice be handed down swiftly for a cop-killer. There's plenty of meth-cookers locked up to make license plates.
  • by TallyTrashTalks2 Location: Tallahassee on Dec 26, 2010 at 07:24 AM
    RIP Lt. Rouse, thank you for your service to your community and my prayers are with your family.
  • by Terry Location: Liveoak on Dec 26, 2010 at 04:41 AM
    As a Fellow officer my heart goes out to you and your familys ,May god bless and keep your family safe,till they see you in heaven . Your our Hero Brother.
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