Terry Deese, Sheriff of the Peach County Sheriff Department in Georgia sadly reports the death of Deputy Daryl Smallwood.

Deputy Smallwood, 39, was shot & killed as he and Sergeant Sondron were investigating a neighbor dispute call.

The original call involved two subjects who were riding ATV’s on the roadway and were confronted and threatened by a neighbor with a firearm. The subjects called 911 to report the threats and the use of a firearm.

Deputies contacted the victims and interviewed them. The investigating officers then drove to the suspect’s residence to contact him. As the officers were walking up the driveway to the residence, the suspect opened fire on both officers critically wounding both of them.

The original victims witnessed the shooting and again called 911 to report the shooting of the Deputies. Additional officers responded and they were also fired upon by the suspect who used a highpowered rifle. The officers returned fire and the suspect was wounded and taken into custody.

Sergeant Sondron was transported to Peach County Medical Center in Byron where he died of his gunshot wound the day of the shooting.

Deputy Daryl Smallwood was transported to Navicent Health Center in Macon and remained in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit until he succumbed to his wounds two days later.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation into the shooting of both officers.

Deputy Smallwood served the Peach County Sheriff Department for one year. He had previously served at the Dooly County Sheriff for eight years and the Crisp County Sheriff Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and children.

Deputy Daryl Smallwood-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Graphic done by Rose Borisow GraFX

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