Man charged with murder in death of Georgia deputy


BYRON, Ga. — The GBI has charged a 57-year-old Georgia man with killing a sheriff’s deputy and critically wounding another.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge J.T. Ricketson says Monday Ralph Stanley Elrod faces a murder charge and four counts of aggravated assault on a police officer following the Sunday afternoon attack. 41-year-old Sgt. Patrick Sondron was killed and Deputy Daryl Smallwood was seriously hurt in the shooting near Byron, about 16 miles southwest of Macon.

The deputies were responding to a report that Elrod used a rifle to threaten two young men who were riding a motorcycle and a four-wheeler near his property.

Smallwood remains in critical condition Monday.

Investigators say Elrod is the father of a deputy in Jones County, northeast of Macon. It’s unclear whether Elrod has an attorney.

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