According to witnesses, Willie C. Scott, Jr., 41, of Swainsboro, abducted his child and two step-children from their mother’s Swainsboro residence. Scott reportedly then called the mother and threatened to harm her and the children. Authorities issued a Look-Out and an Amber Alert.
Approximately 20 minutes later, the mother called 911 and reported that Scott was at a residence in the Oak Grove Community with the three children. Sheriff’s deputies responded and requested the assistance of SPD and other agencies.
As officers arrived, Scott was leaving the residence with the three children in his vehicle. As officers pursued Scott, he turned around and began firing repeatedly at SPD Corporal Newton Meadows, striking his police cruiser numerous times. Officers did not return fire due to the children being in the car, but continued to pursue Scott.
Scott kept firing out of his vehicle at pursuing officers. The pursuit led eventually to Brinson Cemetery Road, where Scott resides and then to Brantley Loop as Scott continued to fire at officers. Scott continued on to Stanley Grove Road and stopped in the road and the pursuit ended as Scott took his own life. Officers observed the vehicle stop in the roadway and then heard a single gunshot from inside the vehicle and then the vehicle rolled into the ditch.
Officer then approached the vehicle, finding the children safe and unharmed. The children were returned to their mother.
CPL Newton Meadows was treated and released for injuries sustained by broken glass.
We are thankful that the children were returned to their mother without physical harm.