Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison said he will meet with District Attorney Garry Moss on Tuesday to discuss what, if any, action the DA will take over a 2,000-page GBI report into the shooting death last month of 16-year old Andrew Messina by a sheriff’s sniper.
The GBI gave the DA and the sheriff’s office the report May 29. Last week, Moss said he was still reviewing it. On Monday, he declined to comment on whether he is pursuing the case or will present it to the grand jury. Garrison said Monday that he is eager for the DA to make a decision.
Preliminary findings by the sheriff’s office’s internal affairs unit indicated “no inconsistencies with our policies” in the way deputies handled the incident, said Garrison, who first initiated a follow-up meeting with the DA last week, according to Moss.
“I’m hopeful the DA will make a decision tomorrow on what direction to take,” said Garrison, whose own interpretation of the GBI report is “they did not indicate there were any criminal violations.”