RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (WSAV) – A Richmond Hill police officer was grazed by a bullet Friday while responding to a request for a welfare check at a senior living community.
Police tell WSAV’s Investigative Unit that officers responded to Ashleigh Place Apartments around 2:15 p.m. to conduct a welfare check. Officers briefly spoke with the 911 caller before approaching the door of the apartment. Immediately upon knocking, a 64-year-old man shot through the wall adjacent to the door striking one of the officers just below his ballistic vest.
On Saturday, 64-year-old Patrick William Bristow of Richmond Hill, Ga. was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
Police say that officers did not fire back. Bristow came out of the apartment and surrendered to law enforcement. Officers recovered one handgun from the scene.
The department called it “a minor injury.” The officer was treated at a local hospital and released according to authorities.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the incident.
Authorities said more information will soon be provided.