2017-10-11 / Front Page

Clay deputy shot during domestic call

A Clay County deputy was shot last week when he responded to a domestic dispute in Georgetown.

According to a news release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Clay County Deputy Ted Bell responded after a child called around 11 a.m. Oct. 4, fearing 46-yearold Matthew Collier would hurt the child’s mother.

The GBI stated Bell made contact with Collier when he entered the home in the 300 block of Azalea Trace in Georgetown. Collier fired two shots, one of them hitting the deputy in the abdomen. Bell returned fire but didn’t hit Collier.

Bell retreated to his patrol vehicle where he retrieved a rifle while awaiting law enforcement and medical support. Approximately five minutes later, Collier came out of the residence and surrendered.

Bell, physically unable to secure Collier, was assisted in placing handcuffs on him by a man who also lived at the house.

Deputy Bell was taken to Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan where he underwent surgery for the gunshot wound.

Collier has been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated battery and aggravated assault on a public safety officer. Other charges are pending.

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