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Murray County Deputy jailed for accused domestic violence

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MURRAY COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - The Murray County Sheriff's Office is investigating a domestic violence incident involving two of their own deputies.
         
The Sheriff's Office was made aware of the incident on Friday, and during the investigation deputies arrested 33-year old Ralph Ridley on seven different charges, two of them are felonies.

"He was arrested by this agency," said Major Brian Ingle, "And is currently incarcerated in a jail in a different county, for his own protection."
     
Murray County Sheriff Deputy Ralph Ridley is charged with aggravated assault (family violence), making terroristic threats, two counts of cruelty to children in the 3rd degree, pointing a gun/pistol at another, reckless conduct, and simple battery (family violence).
     
Major Ingle says ridley was the aggressor in a domestic violence incident with his wife.
     
His wife is also a Murray County Sheriff's Deputy.

"Anytime there's a domestic issue it's never good. It's especially hard because it's one of our own, actually two of our own."
     
The incident report shows a gun and alcohol were involved, and the domestic violence occurred with children present.    
     
Ridley now sits in jail instead of celebrating a milestone with his wife.

"It's my understanding their anniversary would be this week," said Major Ingle, "One year anniversary."

Major Ingle said it's not uncommon for deputies to respond to several domestic violence calls on one shift.
     
Like in many communities, domestic violence is an ongoing problem.

"It makes it harder because it's so close to home," Major Ingle said, "But at the same time we're not above the law, and we have to do what's right."

Following county policy, Ridley was put on administrative leave with pay for three days. After three days the Sheriff's Office could take further action.
     
Ridley's next court appearance is Wed., Nov. 19th in Murray County.
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