December 4-- A drug suspect was shot in Vidalia Monday night during an attempted arrest.
District Attorney Hayward Altman says Mario McNeal attempted to flee the Forest Glen Village Apartments on Edwina Drive when he ran over Drug Agent Michael Clements of the Tri-Circuit Drug Task Force who was attempting to serve a federal drug warrant.
"In the process of executing the warrant, McNeal attempted to flee and he had the officer hung up on his vehicle. Clements fired shots to protect himself and fired shots and McNeal was struck. Clements was taken to the hospital and released and McNeal was flown to Macon where he is listed as critical, but stable," the DA reports.
Clements started his career in law enforcement with the Vidalia Police Department as an investigator and as a DARE officer.
The GBI is investigating the incident and will turn its findings over to the District Attorney for possible criminal prosecution.