//Augusta Deputy Killed in Store Shootout

Augusta Deputy Killed in Store Shootout

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, around 8:30 p.m. the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit had been patrolling an area and were in the process of conducting a gun roundup when they encountered several individuals outside of the Augusta Mart, according to a GBI release.

One individual, identified as Alvin Theodore Hester Jr., age 24, went inside of the store and was approached by an officer. Hester reportedly attempted to exit the store as Investigator Cecil Ridley, 51, was entering the store. As Hester approached Ridley, Hester shot Ridley.  The other officer returned fire inside the store.  Hester made his way to the parking lot where he encountered another officer and raised his gun.  Both officers fired at Hester, striking him.

Both Ridley and Hester were taken to Augusta University Medical Center. Hester at time of writing was still in hospital, and Ridley succumbed to his injuries Tuesday night at 8:45 p.m.

The GBI has secured the following warrants for Hester from the Richmond County Superior Court:

  • Murder
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
    All warrants have been filed with the Sheriff’s Office.

A total of two officers fired at Hester.  Investigator Ridley was unable to return fire and died as a result of his injuries.  Charges against Hester are forthcoming. 

The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Richmond County District Attorney for review.