Authorities: Man accused of killing Georgia officer arrested - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Authorities: Man accused of killing Georgia officer arrested

Posted: Updated:

 UPDATE: MCRAE, Ga. (AP) - 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 the 31-year-old Smith 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.

Smith had been with the Eastman Police Department since 2011 and was a father of three.

Smith was white, and Deeds is black.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


PREVIOUS STORY: 

 Authorities have named the man they say is responsible for shooting and killing an Eastman, Ga. police officer Saturday night.

That shooter has been identified as 24-year-old Royheem Delshawn Deeds.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, officer Tim Smith was responding to reports of a suspicious person call in Eastman around 9 p.m. When Smith got to the location, authorities say he got out of his patrol car to investigate and had a conversation with Deeds. That's when Deeds pulled out a gun and shot Smith.

The GBI says Smith returned fire as Deeds fled the scene.

Smith, who had been with the Eastman Police Department since 2011, was transported to an area hospital, but he later died. 

He was 31 years old and is survived by three children.

In an update to media, agent Scott Whitley with the GBI said Smith wasn't wearing a body camera and called in his injuries. 

Authorities are still searching for Deeds, who they consider armed and dangerous. The GBI, Eastman Police and the Dodge County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in finding him. They are advising citizens to not approach Deeds, but to call authorities. 

Visit the original story from our NBC news partner 11Alive.com.

Powered by Frankly