The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy is offering assistance in the recent shootings of six Georgia police officers to see if instructors need to make changes in their training techniques.
CJA Public Information Officer Florence McCants told South Carolina Radio Network that a different set of eyes could detect something that the instructors there are missing.
“What we’re going to do is give them a little time to get further along in the case where they’re working toward their prosecution. At that time, (we’ll) reach out to them and see if they can share anything with us,” McCants said.
The shootings each happened during what authorities said seem to be routine calls. Two officers were shot and killed in Americus, Georgia when they responded to a domestic dispute call on December 7. Americus Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr was shot and killed and Georgia Southwestern University officer Jody Smith, was also shot and died later. The man suspected of killing them later killed himself.
Then on December 12, two more Georgia officers were shot and wounded during a drug operation. They had gone into a home in the town of Byron, to serve a search warrant. A man inside the home shot and wounded them. Law enforcement shot back and killed him.
Combing through what is available and comparing the incidents could reveal a pattern between them. “It could be something as small as an incident report or something as large as an actual body camera video. That way we can actually see the techniques and tactics that were employed at the time of the incident,” said McCants.