Two Peach County Deputies shot, one dead
BYRON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One Peach county deputy died and another is in critical condition after a shootout Sunday night. The incident happened in Byron on Hardison road just after 5:30 PM.
It all began after Peach county deputies responded to a dispute between two neighbors.
GBI Special Agent in Charge, J.T. Ricketson, said one of the neighbors had people over for a cookout. They were driving a four wheeler and motorcycle down Hardison road. This made Ralph Elrod very upset.
According to Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese this was not the first time something like this happened.
“We’ve been out here a few times, with a dispute between him and the neighbor over minor stuff, you know, kids riding the four wheeler over in the road,” Sheriff Deese said.
But nothing ever this violent.
On Sunday night, two deputies showed up and took a report of the altercation. They got in their separate patrol cars and went over to Elrod’s house. When they pulled up Elrod shot at the deputies and they went down.
Peach County Sheriff’s Office was called again. Byron Police Department also responded to the shooting and fired back at the suspect.
According to Peach County Coroner Kerry Rooks, Deputy Patrick Sondron was pronounced dead at the Peach County Medical Center at 6:40 PM.
The second officer, Deputy Daryl Smallwood, is in critical condition at Medical Center Navicent Health in Macon.
Elrod is is also being treated for injuries.
After a call went out different units from Byron, Peach, Bibb, Houston, Perry, Warner Robbins, and Jones came out to assist.
GBI has been investigating the incident all day. They found over 50 shell cases from two different guns. According to the GBI, Elrod used a handgun to shoot Sondron and Smallwood. He then went back into his home and used a long gun to shoot at the Byron Police Department.
Elrod was served his warrants after he became conscious at the hospital. The GBI also confirmed that Elrod’s son is a Jones county Deputy, but will not release his name.