Police Officer Arrested

It's better known by the locals as “spook bridge,” a secluded yet somewhat popular hangout that has been known to attract teens from the area.

It's also where Brooks County deputies found a vacant car parked early Tuesday morning.

CAPT Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police Department said, "Once the deputy saw that vehicle he heard shots fired. The deputy obviously called for backup and additional units responded."

Authorities say deputies were able to trace the source of those shots at spook bridge where they found OFC Trolinger and two of his friends in violation of not one, but several laws.

Police say 28-year-old Kevin Trolinger was immediately handcuffed and taken to the Brooks County Jail. Internal affairs officials with the Valdosta Police Department say this type of behavior won't be tolerated.

Childress added, "It's very important that we do police our own selves because if we don't police ourselves then where is the confidence the public can have in us?"

The Valdosta police chief has placed Trolinger on administrative suspension pending further investigation. Fellow police officers say they are shocked yet happy the situation didn't take a turn for the worse.

Childress said, "If the deputy had misinterpreted shots being fired in the air as someone shooting at him that could have got a lot worse."

VPD investigators say they hold their officers to a higher standard.

Trolinger is charged with reckless conduct, DUI, discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, public drunkenness and aggravated assault.

Trolinger was in a personal car and fired his own gun, not his department issued one.


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