The 33-year-old Oxford man who was shot and killed after allegedly threatening to kill a Georgia State Patrol trooper Wednesday afternoon had a criminal history dating from at least 1997.
Timothy Steven Morris, 33, fled from the trooper who was attempting a traffic stop on Gum Creek Road by the Walton/Newton County line. Morris fled on foot into the woods off Lobhaugh Lane in Newton County. When Morris was stopped in the woods by the trooper, he allegedly put his hands in his pockets and told the officer "I have a gun, I'll kill you," and then made a sudden movement, at which time he was shot by the trooper. He died at Newton Medical Center around 4:30 p.m. No gun was found on him, but he did have knives, according to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright.
Wright said that the trooper, who graduated trooper school in 2008, is on administrative leave with pay pending investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is routine for an incident of this type. He called the officer involveda "good trooper."
Morris had outstanding warrants in Newton and Walton counties for probation violation and in Morgan County for theft and burglary.
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Morris had served time in 2005, 2009 and in 2010. He was released from Ware State Prison in January after serving four months of a five year sentence for criminal interference with government property. He had been charged three times with escape and twice with obstruction. In 2010 he was arrested following an attempted traffic stop when he fled from the officer both in his car and on foot.