Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill was allowed to leave the scene and go home after shooting a woman Sunday inside a model home near Lawrenceville.
The shooting happened around 7 p.m. on Britt Trail Drive in a new subdivision called Park Haven subdivision, where signs advertise homes starting at $200,000.
The victim has been identified as Gwenevere McCord, 43, of Jonesboro. She is in critical condition.
Police said Hill made the 911 call, which he reported as an accident. It was unclear why the sheriff was at the home, which is about an hour's drive from Clayton County.
Hill would not answer any questions about the shooting, and Gwinnett County police described him as "uncooperative."
"He's refusing to give any statements," said Sgt. Brian Doan of the Gwinnett County Police Department. "His attorney was on scene with him. So at this point, it'll be a cooperation between our criminal investigation division and the district attorney's office, if charges are ever filed."
Gwinnett County police did not know why Hill was handling his gun or the nature of his relationship with McCord.
"There is some type of a relationship," said Doan. "I just don't know if it's a boyfriend-girlfriend, if they're just strictly associates or maybe business partners. I don't know."
Gwinnett County police said that before the shooting, McCord was showing the house to two people who were interested in buying a similar home in the neighborhood. McCord works for Paran Realty.
Hill and McCord were the only two people in the home when the shooting happened.
McCord was shot in the abdomen, police said, and was in critical condition when paramedics took her to Gwinnett Medical Center where she underwent surgery.
Hill was allowed to leave the scene without being questioned. Police said that since Hill is a sitting sheriff in the state, detaining him would be a complicated procedure. Gwinnett County police are consulting District Attorney Danny Porter, and they are trying to figure out how to proceed.
Detectives interviewed the two prospective house buyers who witnessed the shooting, police said.
This is not Hill's first time receiving unwanted attention from the media and from other law enforcement officers.
Hill was elected sheriff for a second time in 2012 and started his term in January 2013 despite being under indictment and having his peace officer's certification suspended.
He faced a 37-count felony indictment that accused him of running the sheriff's office like a criminal enterprise during his previous term from 2004-2008.
In August 2013, a jury acquitted Hill on 25 counts of corruption.
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