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March 3, 2014

Woman shot at Fitzgerald Walmart


A former Ben Hill County deputy has been arrested after he shot at his wife three times, striking her twice, while in the parking lot of Walmart in Fitzgerald Monday morning.

Police Chief Bill Smallwood with the Fitzgerald Police Department said they received a call at 8:56 a.m. Monday about the incident, which occurred outside of the business in the area where Walmart employees smoke.

He said the wife, 43-year-old Pam Garner of Fitzgerald, who is a Walmart employee, was in that area with several other employees when her husband, 69-year-old Bob Garner, pulled up. Pam walked over to the vehicle and they proceeded to get into an argument.

Smallwood said Bob then shot at her while she was standing at the car door, grazing the side of her head. He shot at her again while she was trying to get away, hitting her in the arm. As he tried shooting at her a third time, he missed as she ran back into the automotive service area.

Smallwood said the offender also pointed the weapon at a couple of the employees who had run, but he was out of ammunition. He noted that one of the employees contacted 911.

He said when they arrived on the scene, Bob was sitting on a bench under a smoking shelter, and did not resist arrest. He is being charged with five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and criminal damage to property, and is currently being held in the Ben Hill County Jail. Smallwood noted that Bob had been retired from the Bell Hill County Sheriff’s Office for a while.

The wife was transported to Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton. She was treated and released. Smallwood said there were no other injuries.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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