Georgia deputy dies from gunshot wound following weekend pursuit

A sheriff’s deputy in a south Georgia county was shot Saturday during a pursuit of suspects and passed away from his injury on Monday, Breitbart reported.

Lt. Justin Bedwell, a 19-year veteran of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office was fired upon as he approached the suspects after joining a chase that had started in a neighboring county.

Deputy “paid the ultimate sacrifice”

Bedwell had sought to assist in the pursuit of two suspects, Brad and Troy Phillips, who had already fired upon deputies in neighboring Seminole County before crossing into Decatur County, local outlet WXIA reported.

Bedwell’s death Monday was confirmed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, which said in a statement that Bedwell “paid the ultimate sacrifice, and we thank him for his service.”

In a post to Facebook, Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin said his deputy “succumbed to injuries that were sustained in the line of duty” and heralded Bedwell’s work as a “Patrol Commander, Training Officer and a highly valued member of the Command Staff.”

“Captain Bedwell will be truly missed and we are devastated by his passing. Please continue to pray for Captain Bedwell’s family, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office and our community,” the sheriff added.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) weighed in as well. “On behalf of all Georgians, the Kemp Family sends our heartfelt prayers to Lt. Bedwell’s family, loved ones, and fellow officers in light of this heartbreaking news. His heroic sacrifice and dedicated service will not be forgotten,” he tweeted Monday.

Suspects charged with murder

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the incident began Saturday when a Seminole County deputy attempted to pull over a white truck for driving recklessly. A chase ensued and shots were fired by the two suspects at the pursuing deputies.

After the pursuit crossed over into Decatur County, the two suspects attempted to seek refuge in a house only to be driven off by gunshots from the homeowner.

Bedwell then arrived on the scene and was shot while still in his vehicle by the suspects as they reentered the truck and fled.

That second pursuit was short-lived, as the truck crashed in a wooded area and the chase turned into a search. Brad Phillips was immediately found and taken into custody while Troy remained on the loose until he was captured Sunday afternoon.

Both suspects face charges that include felony murder, aggravated assault on a peace officer, being a party to murder, attempted home invasion, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm during a crime and aggravated assault.

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15 Responses

  1. What the hell is a felon doing out of jail? What the hell is wrong with our court system? I hope this time they both get life with out paroll either that of the death penalty.

  2. Amen NavVet. I fully agree except if he is proven guilty without a doubt, he should lose his life. Yes, I believe in the death penalty.

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  4. Sadly, we observe more crimes going on after PRESIDENT Donald Trump left the office.
    My sympathy for the family of deceised Police Officer.

  5. Yes, my sympathy to family of deceased officer as well. Police put their lives at risk everyday for our protection. I am totally against the de fund police movement. I wear a mask supporting police which has gotten many positive remarks and thanks from policemen.

  6. That’s a worst crime than anything that was committed at the Capitol on the sixth of Jan..Where are all the cry baby politicians comments on this

  7. JUST F’ING KILL THEM !!! DON’T WASTE TAXPAYERS’ MONEY WITH A TRIAL, ONLY TO HAVE THEM GET A SLAP ON THE WRIST OR A SHORT JAIL TERM, ALSO ON THE TAXPAYERS’ DIME !!! And certainly, DON’T let those 2 SCUMBAGS waste anymore valuable AIR !!!

    1. I agree with you 100%. The courts are way to easy on criminals. These 2 probably never should of been let out of prison in the first place….and now a good man with a family is dead. Pathetic!

  8. Any govonor who releases violent criminals has to be impeached and stripped of any wealth he aculated while he or she was a govonor and throwed in prison.
    and familyies of officers killed in line of duty, be given moneys and any morganges cancelled to families involved.

  9. It’s a shame that the two were not shot during the chase in the woods. “Oh, they resisted”.

  10. this is bad for all our law officer this guy should not go to prison anymore he is a menace and should be executed for killing this officer we must start to protect our peace officer with no excuse but for execution

  11. My condolences to the friends and family of this brave fallen officer. May he rest in peace,

    As for the suspects. I hope they get the death penalty and I hope they rot in hell!!

  12. This is the result of lawlessness…… These bloody thieves made America a Hell…… We have a saying; Fish startes decaying from head……. This is exactly what is happening in America….. Criminals with the help of corrupt media, corrupt Courts, corrupt politicians, corrupt all over, legalised the theft of the century…. As long as that thief and his cronies are in the loose, America cannot go anywhere……. Where is the human rights…… Where is the martyr Georgia Deputy’s and his family’s human rights…… Who can compensate his valuable life lost……. Disgusting…… I hate this hypocracy… Biden and his cronies Hillary, Obama should be fire squaded straight away… They don’t deserve to live, because they are not humans but monster.

    1. I agree 100%. This hypocrisy must stop. The officers risk their lives every day!
      And our criminal politicians keep letting the thugs out of jail. – Truly disgusting!

  13. But,but,but, police officers kill inocent black Americans and Hispanic citizen or not. It is the white racist fault that these sweet little boys are breaking into homes to steal, dealing deadly drugs on street corners, then killing rival dealers, boosting cars, trucks or other motorized vehicles, and when the BAD pool chases them it is fine with some that they pull out a gun that they are not dispose to have and shoo the PoPo. Cause we all know police bad, thugs, rapist, murderers, drug dealers are fine folks who don’t do nothin

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