Newton County

Covington officer shot in the face gives update on recovery, looking forward to being back on duty

COVINGTON, Ga. — A Covington police officer who was shot in the line of duty last month says he’s recovering “fine.”

Officer Rashad Rivers responded to the Oyo Hotel off Alcovy Road for a domestic incident when he was shot in the face. He spent several days in the hospital before being released to continue his recovery at home.

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Treyvorius Stodghill, 23, was shot during an exchange of gunfire and died from his injuries.

Before being escorted to his home, Rivers told Channel 2 Action News that he feels “like a new man.”


“Just wanted to let you know that I really, really, really appreciate all the thoughts and prayers,” Rivers said in a video statement on Saturday. “I do have my jaw wired shut, but I am doing fine.”

It is a beautiful day in Covington, Georgia and it extends beyond the sunny weather. We have a message from Officer Rashad Rivers, #206, who is recuperating from being shot in the line of duty on May 23rd. He wanted to let everyone know how much he appreciates their prayers, positive messages and support during this time. Our department would also like to thank the community and supporters from all over who have extended their kindness and graciousness to Officer Rivers, his family, the CPD and all public safety personnel involved in the May 23rd incident. We are humbled and encouraged by the support. Thank you. #206tough #cpdfamily #thankyouforyoursupport #wegotyoursix206 💙🖤💙🖤

Posted by Covington (Ga.) Police Department on Saturday, June 3, 2023

He says that he is ready to get back to serving the people of Covington as soon as he is cleared.

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