On Friday, Floyd County police learned the warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon against William Thomas Burton issued by the Adairsville Police Department was withdrawn.
An internal investigation is under way concerning the warrant and the senior officer who obtained it, said Robert Jones of the Adairsville Police Department. Jones declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.
William Thomas Burton was shot in the elbow and abdomen by Floyd County police officer Christopher Shea Hovers while fighting with officers as they tried to arrest him on the charge after a three-hour standoff at a Buttrum Road residence.
Burton remains in critical condition at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, a hospital spokeswoman said late Friday.
Police were called to the residence after receiving information that Burton was making death threats against his wife and that he was seen walking near the residence. Police were also told there were weapons inside the residence.
After attempting to communicate with Burton from outside, police saw him running upstairs in the residence. Afraid that Burton’s wife might there, they went inside.
His wife was not there, but dispatchers told police there was a warrant for his arrest.
That warrant listed the Buttrum Road address as Burton’s address, said Capt. John Blalock of the Floyd County Police Department.
“We would have entered the house,” Blalock said. “But once we found out she was not there, we would have left. If we had not had the warrant on him, we would have left.”
Warrants are entered into the Georgia Crime Information Center and are relayed to police by dispatchers who use GCIC to check for outstanding warrants.
Police were checking to see if Burton’s wife had obtained a temporary protective order when they were told about the outstanding warrant, Blalock said.
After trying to get Burton, who police say was hiding in an attic, to communicate and after deploying gas into the area, officers went up to the attic to try to arrest Burton.
Burton refused to show officers his hands, according to a news release from the Floyd County Police Department. Burton was tased but continued to fight with officers.
He was then shot by Hovers.
Police did not find a weapon on Burton, said Maj. Mark Wallace of the Floyd County Police Department.
Hovers has been placed on paid administrative pending the outcome of an investigation, according to a news release from the Floyd County Police Department.
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