A police officer was killed and another critically injured in a shooting in Peach County, Georgia, while trying to solve a local dispute between neighbors.
One suspect is in custody.
GBI says 2 Peach County deputies were “ambushed” in a shooting that left 1 deputy dead, 1 wounded. pic.twitter.com/4ZweYzuqh6— Matt Johnson (@MJohnsonWSB) November 7, 2016
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) officials said a man was upset about neighbors riding four-wheelers in the area and decided to deal with them with a weapon. When deputies pulled into the driveway, the man allegedly opened fire on deputies.
Peach County Deputy Patrick Sondron, 41, died from his injuries, while Deputy Daryl Smallwood is in critical condition.
“We're all very upset by this, these deputies responded out here to help people, that’s what they came out here, was to help the folks and we believe from what we can tell so far, they were ambushed in the driveway,” GBI special agent J.T. Ricketson said.
“They’re just like you and me,” Sheriff Terry Deese said. “They’re great men. Both of them have small kids. Had a lot of life ahead of them.”
People from law enforcement agencies across the country sent out condolences to the officer who lost his life in the line of duty.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Peach County Sheriff's Office, its deputies, and their families during this time. pic.twitter.com/o3eZpasCeB— Woodstock Police, GA (@WoodstockPD) November 7, 2016
Our thoughts, condolences and prayers are with the Peach County Sheriff's Office, and all of our Central Georgia law enforcement pic.twitter.com/vzqbK0xEAD— 13WMAZ News (@13wmaznews) November 7, 2016
Our thoughts are with the Peach County (GA) Sheriff's Office tonight. Two deputies were shot & sadly one was killed.https://t.co/letkEh3vV2— Lt. Brian McAuley (@Clearwater_PD) November 7, 2016
Investigators haven't released any motive for the suspect firing on officers. Police are in the line of gunfire, often with deadly consequences, every day and ambush attacks have started dominating headlines. Not long ago, a gunman killed three police officers in Louisiana's capital. Similarly, two Iowa police officers were killed in "unprovoked ambushes."
President Obama condemned the attacks saying that nothing justifies violence on law enforcement. The shootings occurred at a time of intense public debate over race and the criminal justice system in America.