MACON, Georgia– The Telegraph reports a dispute between neighbors led to a shooting Sunday that left one Peach County deputy dead and another wounded.
The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. west of Byron. One of the deputies was taken to the Medical Center, Navicent Health and the other to the Medical Center of Peach County.
Peach County Coroner Kerry Rooks, who as at the Macon hospital, said the deputy taken there, Patrick Sondron, 41, died at about 6:40 p.m., the report said.
“He was a very good person,” Rooks said. “He was just a great deputy. He did his job well and was always willing to help.”
J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the GBI office in Perry, said the sheriff’s office contacted him about 6 p.m. requesting assistance with a shooting. He said deputies were responding to “a dispute between neighbors.”
“When they arrived, they were under gunfire,” Ricketson said at the scene. “They returned fire.”
A suspect was taken to the Medical Center, Navicent Health, but Ricketson would not say whether the suspect was shot.
Sheriff Terry Deese could not immediately be reached for comment. A person who answered the phone at the sheriff’s office said no one was there who could release any information.
Bibb County deputies immediately responded to block intersections for the ambulance to get through.
Peach County Commission Chairman Melvin Walker said the shooting happened on Hardison Road at Ga. 42. Deputies had that area of Ga. 42 blocked and many law enforcement vehicles were in the area.
Ricketson said several law enforcement agencies responded to the scene, including Byron, Perry, Houston County and Jones County.