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Councilman won't leave post, following assault arrest

Amis: 'I haven't been convicted yet'

A McDonough City Councilman, who is charged with assault in the shooting of his son, gave no signs he will leave his position as a result of the incident.

"I haven't been convicted yet," said Councilman Rufus Frank Amis. McDonough police arrested the city leader Wednesday, and charged him with aggravated assault.

Amis declined to comment further on the case, saying he had been advised not to do so. He is being represented by the Henry County Public Defender's Office. His attorney was not available for comment, Monday, as the office was closed for the Columbus Day holiday.

City Attorney Leigh Hancher said Amis' assault case does not place his position as a leader in McDonough in immediate danger.

"There is no action the mayor and council can take, unless, or until, he has been convicted," said Hancher.

The shooting took place at Amis' home at 208 Phillips Drive. Police officers were near Amis' house when they heard gunshots fired last Wednesday night, around 9 p.m., according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director of Public Affairs John Bankhead.

"McDonough police [were] in the area and heard the two shots. They were on the scene shortly after the incident occurred," said Bankhead. "There was a heated verbal argument between Mr. Amis and one of his adult sons."

The city councilman allegedly fired a pistol into the ceiling, and his son, Orlando Amis, left the house, added Bankhead. Orlando Amis was living with the councilman at the time of the shooting, according to Bankhead.

"Mr. Amis got his shotgun and fired two shots in the dark. One of the shots happened to hit the son in the back," Bankhead said. "It was a bird shot size of the pellets inside the shotgun shell. The son was ... taken to Atlanta Medical Center to have the shot[s] removed."

McDonough Police Chief Preston Dorsey requested the GBI investigation into the shooting.

According to the warrant that resulted in the Amis' arrest, he "... unlawfully made an assault upon the person of Orlando Amis by firing multiple shots from a 9mm handgun and a 12 gauge shotgun, striking the victim in the leg and lower to middle torso, with the intent to then and there ... murder the said victim."

Amis was released from the Henry County Jail the day of his arrest, on a $35,000 conditional bond, according to jail records. Henry County Magistrate Court Judge Robert Godwin ordered Amis not to have any contact with his son, Orlando. A preliminary hearing in Amis' case was set for Oct. 17, at 8:30 a.m.

— Staff writer Elaine Rackley contributed to this article.