Police officer shot, killed answering call in south Georgia

Royheem Delshawn Deeds (left) Officer Tim Smith (right). Credit: Georgia Bureau of Investigation
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Royheem Delshawn Deeds (left) Officer Tim Smith (right). Credit: Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Authorities have released a photo of a man who allegedly shot and killed a Georgia police officer.

Tim Smith was investigating a "suspicious person" call around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Scott Dutton said in a news release.

Eastman is in Dodge County, which is about 55 miles south of Macon, Georgia.

The 31-year-old officer was shot when he got of out his patrol car. Though Smith returned fire, the suspect, later identified as Royheem Delshawn Deeds, got away.

Smith, who joined the Eastman Police Department in February 2011, died from his wounds at a nearby hospital. He is survived by his three children, Dutton said.

Authorities released a photo of Deeds, 24, asking for the public’s help in locating him. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GBI office at 478-374-6988.

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