Man shot in self-defense by Athens cop receives probation in plea deal

An Athens man who was shot by an Athens-Clarke County police officer in self-defense last year was recently sentenced to probation.

Justin Tremell Scott, 23, was also sentenced to a year in jail, but given credit for time he already served since his arrest last August. He was released from custody May 11

On April 23, 2016, Officer David Kelley shot Scott in the face when it appeared Scott was going for a gun. The early morning encounter occurred in the parking lot of Golden Pantry on Barnett Shoals Road, after the officer observed who he believed to be Scott and another man inside a car pouring liquor into a cup.

The shooting was recorded by the officer’s body camera, and the video earned the officer immediate support from superiors who said it clearly showed Kelly shot in self-defense.

The video released by police shows a pistol in Scott’s pocket. The officer is seen

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