Man goes from hospital bed to jail cell as suspect in 2 Ga. deputies’ deaths

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A 57-year-old Georgia man accused of fatally shooting two Peach County sheriff’s deputies has been released from a hospital and transported to jail.

The Telegraph reports Ralph Stanley Elrod Jr. was taken to Bibb County jail about 3 p.m. Tuesday. He faces murder and aggravated assault charges in the Nov. 6 shooting. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

Elrod, of Byron – about 16 miles southwest of Macon, has been hospitalized since the shooting. He is accused of fatally shooting 39-year-old Deputy Daryl Smallwood and 41-year-old Sgt. Patrick Sondron after they responded to a report that a man was threatening two young men riding a motorcycle and four-wheeler near his property.

As News 3 reported, Sondron died the day of the shooting Sunday, November 6. Smallwood was put in critical condition at a nearby hospital where he later died.

Elrod was wounded in a barrage with other law enforcement after the initial shootings.

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