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Martinez man shot by investigators will be charged

Posted: August 5, 2013 - 2:27pm  |  Updated: August 6, 2013 - 11:09pm
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HAND OUT  Terry Ronald Avery, 34, of Martinez  Valerie Rowell
Valerie Rowell
HAND OUT Terry Ronald Avery, 34, of Martinez

A Martinez man pointed a gun at Columbia County sheriff’s investigators Friday before he was shot in the arm, authorities said.

Terry Ronald Avery, 34, of the 1400 block of Collins Drive, will face drug charges when he is released from Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he was being treated Monday for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Sheriff’s narcotics investigators executed a search warrant at Avery’s home about 5:30 p.m. Friday. Morris said Avery and three others – George Jones Jr., 62, Tervoirs Piere Curry, 29, and Terrance Deion Curry, 21 – were outside.

“(Avery) pointed a weapon at officers as they arrived on the scene,” Morris said.

An investigator shot Avery in the wrist.

“They then fled,” Morris said, adding that four men were quickly caught and arrested.

Morris said investigators found more than 3 pounds of marijuana, more than 5 ounces of cocaine, 7.2 grams of methamphetamine and hydrocodone, Oxycontin and Xanax pills on the property.

Tervoirs Curry, also of the 1400 block of Collins Drive; Terrance Curry, of the 1400 block of Jackson Road in Augusta; and Jones, of the 4500 block of Avery Avenue in Martinez, were charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of Schedule II, III and IV drugs, Morris said. They are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

Investigators Marquis Hagans, 34, and John Bentley, 39, were put on paid administrative leave, which Morris said is protocol while an internal investigation is conducted into the shooting. Hagans has been with the sheriff’s office since June 2006, and Bentley was hired in January 2008.

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