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Man Gets 105 Years for Shooting Georgia Officer at Traffic Stop

October 14, 2014  | 

James Albert Phillips (Photo: Cobb County Jail)
James Albert Phillips (Photo: Cobb County Jail)

The man convicted of shooting a Cobb County police officer five times was sentenced to 105 years in prison Friday afternoon.

James Albert Phillips, 36, was found guilty of 12 charges, including criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated battery, trafficking in methamphetamine, criminal damage to property, four counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, and four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the district attorney told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

About 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 4, Officer Charles Vill made a traffic stop on Powers Ferry Road near I-285, according to investigators. As Vill, 26, approached the vehicle, he was shot five times, including in the hand.

“James Phillips shot Officer Charles Vill, and then he ran, like a coward,” DA Vic Reynolds said in an emailed statement. “But for the grace of God and that young officer’s Kevlar vest, this is not a murder trial. We are fortunate that there are good people like Officer Vill on the thin blue line out there protecting us.”

Police arrested Phillips about a mile away from the shooting scene when he was found in the stairwell of a home near the Chattahoochee River. He had been held without bond at the Cobb jail since his arrest.

Because of his recidivism, Phillips is not eligible for parole.

Comments (5)

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Sean Kirkendall @ 10/14/2014 3:32 PM

Thank God the officer survived. This is very similar to a recent incident in Vancouver, WA with traffic officer Goudschaal. Since the perp was a convicted felon, he either got the gun through a "straw purchaser" or an unlicensed private seller since he wouldn't pass a Brady criminal background check from any licensed gun dealer in the country. These incidents of bad guys getting guns happens on a regular basis, which is why we need to expand criminal checks to all sales nationwide, not just for licensed dealers, and need to know the origin of these guns getting into dangerous, criminal and prohibited hands. Over 400 of the 670 Georgia officers killed are from gun fire. Many times more than that are likely attacked and injured by gunfire. Its time to bring the "common sense" to gun policy that GOP and NRA A-rated US Senator Toomey urges by requiring Brady criminal background checks for virtually all gun sales whether online, in and around gun shows or otherwise.

jack @ 10/14/2014 3:48 PM

I got news for you, Sean, most of these scumbags don't buy guns, they steal them or get them from their buds.

TheRookie @ 10/15/2014 1:42 AM

Another vest saving event. Fantastic for Cobb County Police Officer Vill.

Inmate Phillips you got some perrty lips & big ears for some good handles. LOL 105 years he'll be riding the baloney pony at some point. Yee Haw. Poetic Justice

Chris @ 10/15/2014 8:31 AM

Sean you obviously are not a cop and have never worked on the streets. Guns are stolen in burglaries and traded for dope every day in this country and then resold or traded to other criminals. Therefore your "solution" will never be able to have the results you desire. Although you may have good intentions your way to correct the problem is misguided. It is the same as an active shooter going to commit a mass homicide. He did not obey the "no gun zone" laws prior to committing his capital crime. Criminals are criminals because they DO NOT obey the law.

Rocky @ 10/16/2014 11:16 AM

I cannot tell you brave men and women how refreshing it is to read your responses to one of these ludicrous gun "solutions" (Sean, above). Sean, didn't you wonder why the Toomey bill died? Because common sense prevailed, that's why! How/why you always seem to think crooks go to a dealer to buy a gun just escapes me. Again, the only people that are squeezed are law-abiding folks. Please wake up.

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