Augusta man shot by cops is off to federal prison – again: Originally was one of over 100 Augusta area residents busted in 2012 undercover probe dubbed “Operation Smoke Screen”

S.E. Social Justice Breaking News – Augusta man shot by cops is off to federal prison – again.

11-17-17 12:45 p.m. ET

Off to a place he left this summer – federal prison

Felon shot by cops Diriuss Antonio Redd

By Greg Peterson
S.E. Social Justice Breaking News
News Director/Co-owner

(Augusta, GA) – An Augusta man who was shot over seven years ago by a Richmond County Sherrif’s Department Deputy is off to federal prison again for violating terms of supervised federal release in a case that began just over five years ago.

redd mug 1Now 31 years old – Diriuss Antonio Redd – was indicted in Feb. 8, 2012 one one count of felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury sitting in Augusta. He was one of over 100 people busted in the Augusta area on state and federal charges during a seven-month joint undercover operation by the RCSD and other agencies including the feds. “Operation Smoke Screen.”

Scroll down to read a press release from federal prosecutors on that operation.

Redd apparently had just been released from federal prison in July 2017 when he was arrested in Nov. 2017 on a supervised release violation.

The indictment stated on October 25, 2011, in Richmond County Redd did “knowingly” possessed a Norinco, Model SKS, 7.62 x 39 caliber rifle. This after having been convicted on June 11, 2004 of forgery-first degree in Richmond County Superior Court.

He was sentenced to five years in prison in July 2012 after pleading guilty to the firearms charge.

However, on Tues., Nov. 14, 2017 Redd was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for violating probation on several occasions while on supervised release including failing a drug test and not paying fines.

He was sentenced in 2012 and this week by U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall, chief judge of the South District of Georgia.


In 2010, Redd made the Augusta area news when he was shot by a cop while trying to take the officer’s gun.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Jo Martin shot Redd – then 24 years old – in the groin on April 27, 2010 after he struggled with the officer during his arrest at Augusta Estates mobile home park on Milledgeville Road. Deputy Martin was cleared in the shooting as she was attempting to arrest Redd on outstanding warrants including a felony aggravated stalking charge – when a struggled ensued.

Martin attempted the arrest after responding to the mobile home park about a break-in at a woman’s trailer – and that’s when he spotted Redd.

Redd was wanted on the aggravated stalking charge after his children’s grandmother said he tried to break into a car and was in violation of a court order.


News coverage:

U.S. Justice Dept. Feb. 2012 News Release:
24 Defendants Charged with Gun Offenses After Undercover Investigation

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Southern District of Georgia
The United States Department of Justice – Southern District of Georgia U.S. Attorneys Office
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2012
Edward J. Tarver, United States Attorney
Contact: James D. Durham
(912) 201-2547

24 Defendants Charged with Gun Offenses After Undercover Investigation

Undercover RCSO officer purchased and seized over 64 firearms during “Operation Smoke Screen”

AUGUSTA, GA – 15 federal indictments, unsealed today in federal court, have charged 24 defendants with federal firearms offenses. An additional 85 defendants were charged by the Augusta Division’s District Attorney’s Office on state burglary, theft, firearm and drug charges. The federal and state indictments follow a 7-month undercover investigation in the Augusta area dubbed “Operation Smoke Screen.”

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) initiated Operation Smoke Screen in August of 2011. As a result of this undercover operation, RCSO seized an estimated $500,000 in property and identified suspects in 104 burglaries, 12 car break-ins and 16 thefts. While guns were not the focus of the investigation, 64 firearms were recovered; many from convicted felons or individuals dealing in firearms without a license. A number of the guns seized during the undercover operation were reported stolen.

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver stated, “Operation Smoke Screen is a great example of the successes that can be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of federal and local law enforcement agencies working together to protect the public. This operation serves as notice to the criminal element that if you traffic in stolen guns and other stolen items, law enforcement is watching and you will be prosecuted.”

“The right of citizens to feel safe in their homes is a basic freedom that we feel is worth protecting. The suspects that were targeted during this investigation were alleged to be involved in victimizing citizens of this community and putting guns into the hands of the criminal element,” said Special Agent in Charge Scott Sweetow, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Atlanta Field Division. “ATF actively partners with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to stem firearms-related violent crime. We applaud the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for initiating this multi-faceted investigation aimed at seizing stolen property to include dozens of stolen firearms.”

Following numerous arrests today, initial appearances for several of the federally indicted defendants were held in United States District Court, Augusta, Georgia. The arrests today were undertaken by the RCSO, the United States Marshal Service, the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division and the ATF RAGE Unit, which consists of members from the ATF, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and the Aiken Department of Public Safety. A listing of the 24 defendants recently indicted on federal charges is attached.

Mr. Tarver stressed that an indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant United States Attorneys Lamont A. Belk and Nancy C. Greenwood are prosecuting the federal cases for the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.


Operation Smoke Screen

Federal Defendants Charged

Each of the defendants listed below is from Augusta, Georgia unless otherwise noted:

Dewayne H. Anderson, 45, North Augusta, SC

Charles Maurice Andrews, 19

Derrian R. Brown, 24

Leroy Bunyon, 30

Rodriguez Marquis Bunyon, 32

Twain J. Frails, 22, Hephzibah, GA

Craig Maurice Hambrick, 25

Miguel A. Heredia, 23

Mercedes S. Hyman, 21

Robert L. Johnson, 28, Hephzibah, GA

Jerry Mazone, 31, North Augusta, SC

Curtis A. President, 22

Angelo G. Pringle, 20

Diriuss A. Redd, 26

Danson R. Sheppard, 21

Lemuel Fernandez Smith, 32

Dakabein Ahrand Swint, 20

Amid A. Truitt, 23

Lavinski Vaughn, 24

Grady L. West, 26

Akeem Wiggins, 20

Derrick Demone Williams, 41

Jamal Hakim Wright, 26

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