Thomasville Police Officer Uses Weapon During Domestic Dispute Call

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Thomasville, GA -- April 16, 2012

The usually quiet Abbey Lake apartment complex was awakened by the sound of gunfire over the weekend.

"Sunday morning at approximately 2 a.m., officers were dispatched to 2005 E Pinetree Blvd., also known as the Abbey Lake apartments," said Lt. Eric Hampton of the Thomasville Police Department.

The phone call to dispatch from the apartment immediately indicated something was not right.

"Basically it was a female saying somebody may have had a seizure, was on the floor. During the call, the individual got up and brandished a couple butcher knives," explained agent Steve Turner with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Police say Travis Snyder was the man with the knives. GBI says When he had the weapons, the Thomasville Police Department had already arrived.

"He came out of the apartment in the breezeway where the officers were ouside of p16 at the Abbey lake apartments, and the officer had to use force to stop him," said Turner.

"The officer had to pull that firearm and at some point the suspect was struck by one round," said Hampton.

It is standard protocol for GBI to investigate anytime an officer has to use his weapon. Both officers involved are on administrative leave.
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Thomasville, GA -- April 15, 2012

A suspect in Thomasville is in stable condition after a police officer had to use his weapon while responding to a domestic dispute early Sunday morning.

Lieutenant Eric Hampton of the Thomasville Police department tells WCTV that at 2 a.m. officers responded to the Abbey Lake apartment complex at 2005 East Pinetree Blvd. Hampton says that the officers were trying to diffuse the situation when it escalated.

According to Hampton, an officer shot Travis Snyder, a resident of the apartment complex while trying to defend himself. Snyder is in stable condition at Archbold Memorial Hospital. Both officers involved are on administrative leave.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 06:51 PM
    Travis, is White so get the race card out of this.THANK YOU
  • by A Location: Cairo on Apr 17, 2012 at 07:42 AM
    This officer is someone's child, husband, etc and had to do what he had to do to protect himself or his family would have to deal with a tragic, unnecessary loss!! Who goes after an armed officer?? Well...You know the saying...play with fire and ......
  • by Since when??? on Apr 17, 2012 at 04:05 AM
    Since when did a gun escalate violence?? A person escalates violence! Saying a gun escalates violence is like saying a hammer escalates construction!! Is your last name Brady?????
  • by Correction on Apr 17, 2012 at 01:17 AM
    Actually, you were incorrect from the start....no gun pulled its own trigger, or walked out and murdered anyone!! Guns don't escalate violence, people do!! So the bandwagon stopped, feel free to thumb a ride somewhere else!
  • by Bryan Location: Tallahassee on Apr 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM
    It amazes me on these type of websites how many ignorant people have gone online, my god people..... some of you need to learn, IT IS BETTER TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND BE THOUGHT A FOOL, THAN OPEN IT AND REMOVE ANY DOUBT. The Trayvon Martin case is a sad case if the media has correctly represented the facts, but there is no other comparison here.... A police officer shot a man armed with a deadly weapon in self defense - PERIOD !!! Lets stop all this RACE BS and can't we all just get along!!!! Lets stop the greedy from splitting us common folks - you know the old war adage, divide and conquer.
  • by Which one on Apr 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM
    Who are Truth's comments directed at???
  • by Thanks LEO's on Apr 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM
    Admin leave is proticol! And if you have such a problem with officers, then if you are ever in an emergency, call your mom instead of 911! I personally want to say THANK YOU to all the LEO's that put their lives on the line daily to try and make our town a safer place!!!!!! If you have a problem with the law, chances are you are on the wrong side of it!!!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 at 01:56 PM in reply to Thanks LEO's
      I agree with "Thanks LEO's." Couldn't have said it better myself.
  • by Helen Location: Albany on Apr 16, 2012 at 08:35 AM
    So, some of you think this officer really wanted to be awakened in the middle of the night just so he could go out and shoot someone, or do mariage counseling?! Maybe he just wanted to get shot himself!!! Geez!!!!! If the guy had killed someone else, this officer would have surly been blamed for that!!!!
  • by Wilhem Location: Tallahassee on Apr 16, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    Jake, please get a life.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM in reply to Wilhem
      Care to point out where he is wrong?
  • by sharon Location: mayo fl on Apr 16, 2012 at 05:32 AM
    what is going on? yes lets keep tabs on our officers but why not people who shoot unarmed boys in the name of law? justice of whatever.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 at 09:53 AM in reply to sharon
      thugs should be home asleep intead of roaming around a neighberhood they dont belong in.
      • reply
        by Truth on Apr 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM in reply to
        then you need to stay home before, you are hunted down and shot!!
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      by SNA on Apr 17, 2012 at 05:46 AM in reply to sharon
      The worldwide attention, recent arrest, rabble-rousing racists on both sides of the Trayvon case not enough for you? You don't want "justice" you want a lynching. I'm glad there is a trial so that both sides can't present their case in court.
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