Judge says assault charge will stand against accused Cobb police shooter
by Rachel Gray
February 28, 2014 04:00 AM | 2472 views | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
James Albert Phillips
James Albert Phillips
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Officer C.A. Vill
Officer C.A. Vill
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MARIETTA — A Cobb magistrate judge ruled Thursday that the aggravated assault charge will stand against a Woodstock man accused of shooting a Cobb police officer earlier this month.

Chief Magistrate Frank Cox supported the charges against James Phillips, 36, at a probable cause hearing.

According to the warrant, on the early morning of Feb. 4, a Cobb police officer pulled over a blue Volvo on Powers Ferry Road in east Cobb that was driven by Phillips.

The shooting occurred at 2:32 a.m. after officers targeted a “suspicious vehicle,” according to Sgt. Dana Pierce of Cobb Police.

“As the officer exited his car, he was shot and that vehicle then fled south-bound on Powers Ferry,” Pierce said.

Cobb Police officer C.A. Vill under-went surgery at Kenne-stone Hospital after being shot at least twice. The recovering office has not yet returned to work.

Cobb Police found the abandoned Volvo a short distance away at the Chattahoochee Apartments complex off Akers Mill Road.

After an eight-hour manhunt, Cobb Police found Phillips holed up in a house off Akers Mill Road in east Cobb, according to Pierce.

Phillips is being held in the county jail without bond.

District Attorney Vic Reynolds and Chief ADA Don Geary represented the state. Phillips is represented by defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant of the Marietta-based Merchant Law Firm.

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February 28, 2014
It's a shame that Georgia does not have an attempted murder law on the books. Any attempt on the life a law enforcement officer should have a penalty of life without parole.
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