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Video Sheds Light on Hours Leading Up to Officer-Involved Shooting in Evans County

Video from the dash camera of a Claxton Police Department patrol video shows the temperament and demeanor of a man who later died in an officer-involved shooting with an Evans County Sheriff’s deputy over the weekend.

Public records obtained by AllOnGeorgia indicate that the man who died during the altercation was detained by law enforcement officials earlier in the evening, but was released instead of being booked at the Evans County jail.

Video from the dash camera of a Claxton Police Department patrol video shows the temperament and demeanor of a man who later died in an officer-involved shooting with an Evans County Sheriff’s deputy over the weekend.

Public records obtained by AllOnGeorgia indicate that the man who died during the altercation was detained twice by law enforcement officials earlier in the evening, but was released instead of being booked at the Evans County jail.

Background.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was contacted overnight on May 9, 2020 after an Evans County deputy, whose name has not been released, fired a duty weapon upon 47-year-old Yassin Mohamed in unincorporated Evans County. Preliminary information from the GBI indicates multiple encounters between Mohamed and law enforcement in the days and immediate 12 hours leading up to the shooting, culminating in an incident in which Mohamed reportedly threw rocks at the deputy, striking him once. According to the GBI, Mohamed then charged the deputy with one of the rocks, at which time the deputy fired his service weapon three times. Mohamed was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy will be conducted.

It was not clear Wednesday if the fatal shooting was captured on the dash camera of the deputy or if the deputy’s vehicle was even equipped with a dash camera, but a law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, did state the rocks varied in size and included at least one ‘approximately the size of a softball.’

Shooting Incident Preceded by At Least 2 Earlier Encounters That Evening.

A report released by the Claxton Police Department under the Georgia Open Records Act indicates Mohamed was detained earlier in the evening by Claxton police officers who were asked to assist the Evans County Sheriff’s Office.

Claxton Police Officers Dustin Skipper, Wesley Kennedy, and Jeb Cowart responded to a call outside the city limits but within the boundaries of the county at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8. The call was in reference to a man in the roadway who was hitting an Evans County EMS ambulance. While officers were en route, it was relayed that the man had walked into someone’s yard, picked up a pipe and was carrying it while walking in the middle of East Long Street. Dispatch notifies Officer Skipper that attempts have been made to contact Evans Memorial Hospital but they ‘cannot get an answer.’ The hospital was contacted because of an earlier call involving an escaped 10-13 (police code: involuntary commitment) hospital patient. Authorities sought to confirm the identify of the patient, though Yassin Mohamed was later determined not to be the same individual from the earlier 10-13 call. 

Dash camera footage shows officers arriving on the scene illuminated by EMS lights to find Mohamed in the middle of the road with the pipe. As Officer Skipper activates his blue lights and slows to a stop, Mohamed begins approaching the vehicle with ‘what appeared to be a blank stare mindset,’ according to the incident report. 

According to an incident report made by responding officers:

“Officer Skipper noticed the male grabbed the pipe with both hands and drew back as if he was going to strike Officer Skipper’s patrol unit. Officer Skipper then opened his drivers door and hollered, “Hey don’t you hit my damn car!’ As Officer Skipper done this the male subject struck the patrol unit on the drivers front fender. The male subject then continued to strike the drivers side of the car as he was walking towards the opening of the doorway. Officer Skipper then drew his service weapon and ordered the subject to get back…

The subject continued to advance towards Officer Skipper and was not complying with commands given to him. Officer Skipper quickly attempted to put his service weapon in its holster and exit the vehicle so he was not confined to the small area. Officer Skipper ordered the subject back again in which he ignored. Officer Skipper then exited the patrol unit where he tackled the subject face to face to the ground. As he done this, Officer Skippers service weapon fell from his holster due to not being completely secured. Officer Skipper ordered police officer Wesley Kenneedy whom was riding along with Officer Skipper, to grab the gun. Officer Skipper then attempted to place the male subject into custody, but had to be assisted by EMS personnel. The male subject was handcuffed behind his back….at that time Officer Skipper noticed that the male subject had urinated on himself.” 

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After Mohamed is subdued and in handcuffs, Skipper radios that the subject is ‘10-95’ (police code: in custody) and can be heard calling for county law enforcement to assist in further action, per policy for city assists. EMS checks on Officer Skipper and indicates they had another call come in and need to leave. Deputy Stewart and supervisor Lieutenant Felton “Duck” Brewton, both from the ECSO, arrive on scene and conversation captured on dash camera video shows the deputy and CPD officers discussing the preceding chain of events. 

Officer Skipper is also heard on body cam footage saying “he’s [Mohamed] the guy Duck’s been dealing with…”

“This is all Duck’s fault anyway. Duck should have carried him on to the jail [referencing an earlier incident in the evening with Mohamed prior to the current incident in progress],” another officer can be heard saying.

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The video, which was edited only to redact the identifying license information of Mohamed, is below. WARNING – Contains graphic language. Story continues below.

Media Coverage of the Shooting.

The story has already been covered internationally, garnering coverage by The Daily Mail and MetroUk. The more specific details made available from the Claxton Police Department do refute an early narrative by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) which contends that Mohamed was targeted because of his race, his Muslim faith, and for ‘jaywalking.’ One CAIR director called the shooting “identical” to the Ahmaud Arbery incident, the Glynn County shooting from February that made headlines for a number of reasons, to include the invocation of the ‘citizens arrest’ statute, the conflicts of interest by the District Attorney’s Office, and the lack of investigatory action by prosecutors.

What’s Next. 

AllOnGeorgia has requested a number of items from the Evans County Sheriff’s Office under the Georgia Open Records Act, to include: the CAD report, radio traffic audio files, any dash cam and body cam footage, and any incident and arrest reports involving Yassin Mohamed in the possession of the Office.

Additional information will be published as it becomes available. Some items will not be available until the GBI concludes its investigation and the district attorney’s office has made a recommendation.

YassinMohamed_ClaxtonPD Incident Report

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

18 Comments

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    Stephaine Mosley

    May 13, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    This video can/will mislead people to have favor towards the cops involved. A rock and a pipe are two different objects. Why shoot three times if the person had a rock? I will agree that Mr. Mohamed should have been arrested at this videos incident.

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      bobdol

      May 13, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      It’s apparent you are unaware of temperment. A man who is acting chaotic and throwing rocks presents at least some danger to others. Incorporating the fact he was involved with other officers over the prior days acting agressively in which officers showed huge restraint.

      How about you come over my house and let me throw rocks at you? Don’t leave, remember, you have a duty to stop the threat to the public. So figure out how to stop me. I’m certain you be delighted to confront another person without any type of weapon to garuntee you are the winner.

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        S

        May 19, 2020 at 1:27 pm

        A police officer had several weapons to choose from to Dracula the a situation that are not lethal

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          Jack

          May 25, 2020 at 5:38 pm

          Why did the officer did not use taser gun 1st?
          Any life is precious…

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        Ralph Kennedy

        May 20, 2020 at 3:27 am

        My father was a police captain who died giving his life to save a babe by shielding her, Sir plastic pipe that shatters on impact NEVER killed a cat rather an adult person, and where did he find the ROCKS to attack with him with it because based on the pictures from the crime scene there was absolutely NO rocks present. I’m sure if that was you I’m sure your views will be different, please be fair to find fairness when you needed.

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    Katherine Gromes

    May 14, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    First of all ,Why anyone would assume Rocks or a pipe would not kill a person is a complete idiot to say that this mentally disturb man was not a threat to the public ! What a stupid comment to make because facts prove for deaths caused by blows to the head and neck by these same objects have caused death FACT ! This has nothing to do with his skin ,nationality or religion PERIOD ! It does not matter what or who a person is …It is his actions and you have those same idiots in all races ,religions , groups ,and nationality who act out like this man was obviously doing ! He was a danger to the public and why his family members did not seek help before this happened is beyond reason being they knew his mental status trust me they knew yet pushed their responsibility off for others to deal with instead of seeking help for him being they lacked that concern until something happens ,they are responsible being it was their job to make sure he was getting the help he obviously needed being this was not his first rodeo with acting dangerously . Thank God ,he did not attack a child or elderly person .The way he came after this officer with that pipe he was intending to do harm for no reason ,,,,Seems his was on drugs and drinking at the time which causes someone to not care who they hurt or the harm they could cause . My brother was killed by a drunk driver ,My Aunt was killed by a drunk driver all acting irresponsible and it is never their fault according to them because they assume they did nothing wrong failing to see the choice they could and should have made before getting behind a wheel ,Not like they think about well , I could have called someone to come get me then maybe that person I killed while driving drunk would still be alive . But ,when your only thinking of yourself not that person you killed is when you make those selfish decisions until it gets you into trouble then someone else is always going to be wrong ! Give me a break !

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      Ralph Kennedy

      May 20, 2020 at 3:40 am

      First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a socialist.

      Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a trade unionist.

      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Jew.

      Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

      Today was him tomorrow maybe you, so be careful because the table usually turns very quick.

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    lawrence estavan

    May 14, 2020 at 3:40 pm

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      Ralph Kennedy

      May 20, 2020 at 3:48 am

      It’s not that CAIR hates cops brother, no one hates cops, cops hates to be framed by the actions and abuse of power by bad cops, believe me Police in my family like
      water in the ocean including my hero father who gave his life in the line of duty, and I know if he comes back will still do it again.

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    Anonymous

    May 19, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    To hell with all yall AND DUSTIN SKIPPER..THE MURDERER..NOW..THERES THE OFFICER INVOLVED..YOU CANT HIDE IT..YALK TALKING ONE THING FOR THE RECORDING AND DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO THIS MAN THAT THE RECORDING CANT SEE AND HEAR. I HATE YALL RACIST ASSES..AND WHY HASNT SKIPPER GONE TO JAIL FOR HAVING SEX WITH A MINOR IN TATTNALL..HE IS YOUR RACE SOLDIER THATS WHY

    • Jessica Szilagyi

      Jessica Szilagyi

      May 20, 2020 at 12:46 am

      I’ll be sure to pass along the details associated with this libelous comment as well.

      As stated below, that is not the name of the deputy involved, either.

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    Anonymous

    May 19, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    The GBI protects the officers in the south

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    Anonymous

    May 19, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Dustin Skipper did it. He committed a sex offense on a minor in Tattnall county before being transferred to Evans

    • Jessica Szilagyi

      Jessica Szilagyi

      May 20, 2020 at 12:42 am

      He is not the deputy who did anything because he is a police officer, not a deputy.
      Also – Police officers can’t be transferred between departments in different cities.

      And, while you used “anonymous” as your commenter name, those of us at AllOnGeorgia can see your comment, your email address, and your unique IP address for your location.
      So it’s quite unfortunate that you chose to use it to make a libelous comment.

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        Ralph Kennedy

        May 20, 2020 at 8:43 pm

        Jessica, you are a contributor and a reporter you shouldn’t take any sides and be a contributor and a reporter
        who presents the facts ONLY. This case has gathered very unusual momentum and the GBI isn’t the only agency on this case anymore, especially when there is NO rocks around to the Lieutenant who gesture them to turn off the sound and to go behind the dashcam view to the officer who clearly told him if you would have Shot this man you would have been Done, and believe me he is Right because it’s only a matter of time before it hit the fan, my brotherly advice to whomever was around DON’T LIE TO THE FEDS WHEN THEY COME & DON’T COVER-UP, man enough to pull the trigger, man enough to face justice.

        • Jessica Szilagyi

          Jessica Szilagyi

          May 21, 2020 at 8:19 am

          I’m not taking any side, but I’m not going to let false statements appear on the article I published either. Publishing false information can get people hurt.

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            Ralph Kennedy

            May 22, 2020 at 1:39 am

            Jessica, I know your courage and intentions and God’s willing no one gets hurt and justice will prevail at the end even if not in this life, it always does. You are a Rising star in the making and I promise you a Very Bright future because you are courageous and fearless, the pen is your weapon use it to fight injustice as you have been doing you will end up with few friends, many enemies, but you will always have GOD and yourself and your pen.

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    Ralph Kennedy

    May 20, 2020 at 4:02 am

    I don’t believe all cops are bad just as all southerns aren’t racist including myself, the constitution protect free speech and he has the right to believe what he wants to believe after all this is still AMERICA and we can voice our opinions. Instead of criticizing this person let’s listen to his point of view so we can correct his radical views and distrust of police by standing for what’s just, Christianity is the path to justice and peace and fairness let’s be fair so GOD can forgive our shortcomings.

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