Shot officer recovering

By Ed Brock

The rookie Clayton County police officer who was shot in the face while trying to arrest a subject has been taken off the respirator and appears to be recovering.

Meanwhile, police have identified the training officer who shot and killed 22-year-old Favor Thom, the suspect who shot 29-year-old Officer Dwayne Penn.

Officer William Ibarrondo and Penn responded to a call at Riverwalk Apartments on Riverdale Road around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday and confronted Thom, according to a Clayton County police report. After a short foot pursuit the officers found Thom lying on his back in some bushes.

As they tried to drag him out of the bushes Thom resisted, rolled onto his stomach and when he rolled back onto his back he fired a gun, hitting Penn. Ibarrondo grabbed the gun and struggled with Thom as Thom fired two more rounds. Ibarrondo then drew his gun and, when Thom pointed the gun at Ibarrondo, Ibarrondo shot him four times in the chest, according to the report.

Thom continued to struggle and point the gun at Ibarrondo so Ibarrondo fired twice more, hitting Thom in the neck and killing him.

Ibarrondo had been very upset about Penn's injury but was feeling better Wednesday after Penn, who underwent five hours of surgery at Southern Regional Medical Center, seemed to be recovering, Clayton County Police Capt. Tim Robinson said.

Penn had been with the department since March but had only been on the street for three weeks. One of Penn's instructors at Clayton Regional Law Enforcement Academy, Lt. Jeff Nelson, said Penn, a former professional football player, was a good recruit and a team player.

"He has a very jovial personality," Nelson said. "He's a very, very likeable person."