A case of mistaken identity resulted in a man being injured after he reportedly was shot by a Waycross police officer who was looking for a suspect wanted for questioning in an unsolved homicide investigation.
The shooting took place in the Garlington Heights apartment complex just off of Highway 82 in Waycross on Thursday afternoon. According to a news release issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Douglas office, a Waycross police officer went to a residence in the complex looking for a man authorities wanted to question about a homicide case. The officer, who has not been identified, requested permission to enter the residence and conduct a search. He was told by the occupant there was no one in the upstairs portion of the home. However, when the officer went to the second floor of the home, he found Andrew Tyrone Poole, 26, opening a door leading to a dark bedroom.
The officer, according to the release, perceived a threat and fired once, hitting Poole in the stomach. Poole, however, was not the man the officer was looking for and was unarmed. Poole was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition, according to GBI Agent Russell Mansfield.
During a Thursday afternoon interview, Poole sister, Latreace Cannady, said she had been entering her front door when an officer knocked on her back door with his weapon drawn. The officer asked Cannady if he could search the residence. While he was searching the home, Cannady said she heard one shot and ran to her aunt’s nearby home in the complex.
According to Cannady, her brother has never been in trouble. "He don't drink. He don't smoke. He is not a criminal," she said.
The case is still under investigation will will be brought before the district attorney’s office for review.