Second Georgia deputy dies after Sunday shooting

Second Peach County deputy dies after shooting

PEACH COUNTY, Ga. -- District Attorney Davis Cooke was on his way to a press conference to discuss charges against the man accused of shooting Peach County deputies and Byron police officers when he received the phone call. A second deputy fighting for his life since the Sunday shooting passed away.

Daryl Smallwood, 39, had been on life support since the Sunday shooting. He passed away Tuesday evening. Sgt. Patrick Sondron, 41, died during the shooting.

The GBI says the suspect, Ralph Stanley Elrod, was shot in the abdomen during the shootout.

Ralph Stanley Elrod charged with murder

Elrod was conscious Monday afternoon when he was served with warrants in the hospital. One for murder, and four for aggravated assault. Cooke said he expected additional charges to be added for Smallwood's murder.

Police were able to get into Elrod's home and obtain security footage that shows Elrod putting on a bulletproof vest after shooting the two deputies. Also in the footage is a brief exchange between Elrod and the deputies before Elrod began firing.

The D.A. also says Elrod's son is a deputy in Jones County, but will not release his name.

Services announced

Visitation with Sondron's family will be held on this Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church in Warner Robins.

On Thursday, funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 10 a.m. also at Southside Baptist Church. Sergeant Sondron will be laid to rest in Magnolia Park Cemetery.

No details have been released yet for Smallwood's funeral.


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