Assistant Police Chief Shot By Nephew Using His Stolen Gun
Alamo, GA – A Georgia assistant police chief was shot in the upper chest after he returned home to discover two of his handguns had been stolen.
The incident occurred at a residence on Ag Lane shortly before 3 p.m. last Saturday, WFXG reported.
Thomson Assistant Police Chief Edward "E.J. Bess," 40, had just returned home to discover that someone had burglarized his bedroom and stolen two of his handguns, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) said in a press release later in the day.
Chief Bess soon located the stolen firearms in the bedroom of his 16-year-old nephew, who resides with him.
When Chief Bess confronted his nephew, the teen pulled out a gun and shot him in his upper chest, according to the GBI.
Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies arrived to find the assistant chief suffering from a single gunshot wound.
Chief Bess was airlifted to Navicent Health in Macon, where he was hospitalized in stable condition.
The GBI was called to the scene at the request of the WCSO.
The assistant chief’s nephew was taken into custody and is expected to face charges, according to GBI.
The investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with EJ Bess and his family during this unfortunate event,” Wheeler County Sheriff Randy Rigdon said in a Facebook post.
Chief Bess joined the Thomson Police Department (TPD) on Sept. 3, 2019, the agency said in a Twitter post at the time.
He previously served as a narcotics officer, community-oriented police office, training officer, and vice detective at the DeKalb County Police Department and the Alamo Police Department.
“I work for the police officers and I work for the community,” Chief Bess told The McDuffie Progress shortly after joining TPD. “I am comfortable with managing the chaos when it arises.”