South Georgia officer fatally shot; suspect arrested

| August 14, 2016

Royheem Delshawn

MCRAE, Ga. (WCTV Eyewitness News) – Authorities in south Georgia say a man accused of fatally shooting a police officer has been arrested.

The Telfair County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on its website that 24-year-old Royheem Delshawn Deeds was in custody. The website of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office in Florida says Deeds was booked into jail just before 3 a.m. Monday.

Authorities say Deeds killed Eastman Patrol Officer Tim Smith about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in a residential area of that city, which is about 60 miles southeast of Macon.

Authorities say Smith, who was 31, was responding to a suspicious person call when he encountered Deeds, exited his patrol car and was shot.

The sheriff’s office statement did not provide any additional details on the arrest, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether Deeds has an attorney.


EASTMAN, Ga. (WCTV Eyewitness News) – Authorities say a police officer in a small, central Georgia city has been shot and killed by a suspect who remains on the loose.

Tim SmithSpecial agent Scott Whitley of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations tells The Associated Press that Eastman Patrol Officer Tim Smith was fatally shot about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in a residential area of the city located about 60 miles southeast of Macon.

Whitley says Smith was responding to a suspicious person call when he encountered the suspect, exited his patrol car and was shot. Officer Smith returned gunfire but the suspect, later identified as 24-year-old Royheem Delshawn Deeds, fled the scene.

Whitley says Smith was in his early 30s but no further information about him was immediately available. He says an unidentified suspect is being sought and an investigation is ongoing.

Smith was not wearing a body camera.

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