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Shooting at a Richland Motel leads to Investigation

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A shooting in Stewart county left one man in the hospital and a woman behind bars. That shooting took place at a motel in Richland. The Richland police department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are looking into the shooting because the officer was not made aware of gun shots at the location before he arrived.

Tiffany Bullard is in the Terrell county jail facing 5 charges for shooting her ex-boyfriend Brett Moody Tuesday. The Richland Police Chief Robbie Wells said the situation could have been avoided if the proper information was relayed to his officer.

A single officer responded to the Kay Lyn Court motel around 12:30am Tuesday morning. The motel manager said he called police after Moody, a 6 month resident, told him about shots fired through room 21 at the motel. The initial gun shot is why police were called in the first place but that message was not relayed to the officer until after he got here.

"It wasn't communicated to us that a weapon was involved or shots had been fired so we just assumed it was just an argument because it wasn't told to us," said Wells.

He said when the officer arrived at the scene Moody told the officer that Tiffany Bullard had a gun. Wells said Bullard then quickly pulled out that gun and shot Moody in the abdomen. The officer immediately drew his weapon and apprehended Bullard, but Wells said this situation was too close for comfort.

"The way she drew the gun and fired it as quick as she did, she could have shot my officer just as quickly as she did him and had we known that, I feel certain we could have prevented anyone from being shot," said Wells.

He said the normal procedure for responding to a "shots fired" situation is to have back up for the officer and guns drawn upon arrival. The police chief said the 911 call center in Clay County took the first call but then transferred it to another center. He said the information was probably lost in the transfer process but he's hoping the investigation will help locate and correct the problem so it does not happen again.

Moody underwent surgery Tuesday and is in satisfactory condition at the Medical Center. He is expected to be released in the next couple of days.

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