News Channel 6 Investigates: GRU Student Speaking Out About Shooting Incident
By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
Although he's on medical leave now, 19-year-old Donte Stewart's future at Georgia Regents University is uncertain, after he was involved in an shooting incident there last month.
"I had a 40 caliber to the face. It inserted right by my lip. You know, you can see the little white meat. It fractured my jaw. I had two plastic surgeries," Stewart said.
Stewart says he is feeling better, but now that he has been charged, he is talking about what he says really happened that night.
"It was ridiculous. You know, just ramming in. What they did was over the top and unnecessary," Stewart said.
On February 22nd, officers responded to the University Village Apartments because of a noise complaint. Stewart says he tried to leave the complex when officers showed up, but he says Officer Wesley Martin parked his vehicle near the exit of the complex. According to an incident report, Martin told investigators that Stewart tried to run him down with his car, but Stewart says that's not what happened.
"The way the put it out is totally wrong. None of this people know me. And the way the officers put it, it's painting me as a criminal. It's ridiculous," Stewart said.
We sent an open records request to GRU asking for any body cam video related to the shooting incident that happened at University Village Apartments, but unfortunately, that request was denied when GRU said that no such video exists from the shooting incident.
"You unloaded on me, you shot my car ten times and the fact that none of your guys body cams are on, if I was to die that night, I wouldn't have a voice to speak up and tell my side of the story," Stewart said.
Stewart says he is confident he will walk away from the charges a free man, especially after hearing about Martin's past as a police officer.
"I just feel like he is a hot head with a pistol to be honest," Stewart said.
Officer Martin was involved in a shooting incident last year and what some call a questionable tasing incident.
News Channel 6 has video of both those incidents, but GRU says there is no video of the February incident because body cams are only used during routine traffic stops.