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Man paralyzed from officer shooting speaks out

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (WTVM) - A man tased and shot by a police officer in Pine Mountain, GA last month is out of the hospital. 

20 year old Tremon Moss was released from the Roosevelt Rehabilitation Institute in Warm Springs around Noon on Thursday.  Just hours later, he turned himself in to GBI Officials at the Harris County Sheriff's Office. 

Moss is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and felony obstruction.  The charges stem from an incident in September. Officials say around 3:30 on September 21, 2010, three Pine Mountain Police officers were patrolling through housing projects in Pine Mountain.  They stopped to question three young men when one took off through the neighborhood.  The officer used a taser to try and stop Moss.  Reports state that Moss pointed a gun at the officer which prompted the officer to shoot.

Moss's side of the story is different, "I just want to know why he shot me."

The burn marks on Tremon Moss's shoulder from the taser are still healing.  Moss says he is innocent and unlike the officers account of that day he did not point a gun at the cop.  "Scared to death. Nothing but pain. Life threatening. Thought I was going to die," is how Moss described that day.

One of the bullets struck Moss in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down.    The paralysis is one of the reasons his attorney, Stacey Jackson says they will be filing suit against the City of Pine Mountain and the officer involved.

Jackson says they have a witness that saw the whole thing, "Saw Mr. Moss running away with nothing in his hand. The officer fired four shots. One hit him in the back, ultimately paralyzing him."

The GBI is investigating.  Special Agent Rodney Wall says the witnesses they have tell a different story, that Moss pulled a gun on the officer.  "That is what we are here for; to give these officers and the public an open investigation based on facts."

Moss bonded out of jail on $10,000 bond.  He has a preliminary hearing set for November.



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