[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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