Former Deputy Clayton Sutton Loses Hearing Appeal

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By WGXA Staff

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Updated: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:24:35 EST

A hearing officer ruled in favor of Bibb County Sheriff David Davis, upholding the firing of former Bibb County Deputy Clayton Sutton. 

According to Sheriff Davis, Sutton came across a suspicious vehicle off of Ga. Highway 247, and instead of calling in for another unit to check it out, he followed the vehicle and engaged the suspects in the vehicle to the point that he got them out and had them on the ground.  

According to the hearing appeal decision, the evidence supports Sheriff Davis’ conclusion that Deputy Sutton willfully violated the Sheriff’s Order not to engage in law enforcement functions while on administrative assignment when he followed the suspected metal thieves in a manner which led to him engaging the suspects with his gun drawn, ordering them to the ground, handcuffing them and detaining them until other units arrived.

The Sheriff’s decision for Sutton to not engage in law enforcement functions while on administrative assignment came in March, after Sutton instigated a chase and fired at two men, hitting a dog in the process.  The shooting remains under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. 

In December of 2012 Sutton shot and killed an unarmed Sammie “Junebug” Davis Jr. at the Kroger on Pio Nono Avenue.  The shooting prompted outcries from the community for Sutton’s dismissal. Sutton was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting of Sammie Davis Jr.

Cheryl Davis is still mourning the loss of her brother. In a recent phone interview with WGXA, she said Sutton's firing was "too little, too late."

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