Latoya James: Body cam video released after Camden officer-involved shooting, family ‘devastated’

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released the body camera video Thursday of a Camden County officer involved in a shooting earlier in the week.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office was executing a drug-related search warrant Tuesday that turned into a deadly shooting by an officer.

The video, which is more than three minutes long, is just a portion of the total three-hour-long video.

The GBI said deputies and someone inside fired guns at each other. Latoya James, 37-years-old, died. Varshawn Brown, James cousin, was also struck and taken to hospital.

Before entering the home, you can hear deputies announce their presence, “Sheriff’s office; search warrant; come to the door!”

You can hear deputies knock three times before busting in. In under ten seconds, you can hear shouting of “Get on the ground! Get on the ground!”

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Several shots were fired, but you can’t tell in the video who shot first.

“It’s very hard for the family; very hard for the mother -- she got very sick and passed out. It’s devastating. She said she can’t get that noise out of her head. Hearing the ‘pop, pop, pop,’ and her child dying,” said Pastor Mack Knight, who’s also a family member.

Knight said family members have questions about why deputies arrived around 5 a.m. to serve the warrant. They also question how quickly deputies busted in.

“I need answers to those types of questions. What I would like to see moving forward is transparency, police reform,” Knight said.

Action News Jax Law and Safety Expert Dale Carson said it is common for officers to serve a drug-related warrant in the early morning hours so that the suspects are asleep.

“It seems that the officers were aware someone inside the residence knew they were there. This could’ve been much worst. And it could’ve been much better,” he said.

The GBI said two deputies were involved in the shooting.

Action News Jax reached out to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office after the video was released for a statement. At the time this article was posted, they have not responded.