MACON, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia sheriff’s deputy has been criminally charged after investigators concluded he improperly fired at a fleeing vehicle and then lied about it.

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said Bernard Joseph Calloway, 54, was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated assault, making false statements and violating his oath. The sheriff’s office also fired Calloway.

Davis said in a news release that deputies including Calloway responded to an April 9 call of shots fired and another deputy tried to stop a departing vehicle. Calloway pulled up behind the vehicle, but the driver fled. Calloway then began shooting at the car. Davis said that violated department policy because deputies are only allowed to shoot at a moving vehicle if they’re being fired upon or there is otherwise danger of death or serious injury.

“Calloway’s incident report and description of the events that occurred during the incident did not reflect what was witnessed during the review of the patrol vehicle’s dash camera,” Davis said in the release.

Calloway remained jailed without bail on Friday. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

The driver was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer. Davis said it hasn’t been decided yet if the driver will be prosecuted.

Calloway had worked as a deputy for one year and was earlier a park ranger at Lake Tobosofkee.

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