CONYERS, Ga. -- A man whom authorities say shot and killed a young deputy sheriff near Conyers last weekend had ties to Warren County, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.
McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall said the man accused in the slaying, 41-year-old Terry Lewis Brown, was originally from Warrenton.
Sheriff Marshall, who serves as president of the Georgia Sheriff's Association, said he was saddened by the news of the deputy sheriff's death in the line of duty. He said his office would be sending a teletype expressing condolences on behalf of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Department and the deputy's family.
"I hate that something like this happened," Sheriff Marshall said.
Mr. Brown, who was living near Conyers with his estranged wife, shot and killed Rockdale County Sheriff's Department Deputy Brian Lamar Mahaffey, 28, as the young lawman was attempting to serve felony warrants on him last Saturday. Deputy Mahaffey later died at an Atlanta hospital, according to local and state authorities.
The deputy, who had just celebrated his 28th birthday the day before he was shot, was wounded in the abdomen, just below the bulletproof vest he wore and in the shoulder of one of his arms. Although attempts were made by fellow deputies to save Deputy Mahaffey's life by administering CPR, they were unsuccessful.
John Bankhead, public affairs spokesman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is heading up the investigation into the double-fatal shooting, said Monday night that agents had spoken with Mr. Brown's estranged wife and learned that her late husband was from Warrenton.
It was not clear whether or not Mr. Brown still has relatives living in the neighboring county, just 11 miles west of Thomson. Mr. Brown was shot and killed by deputies after gunshots erupted between him and deputies.
Mr. Brown reportedly shot Deputy Mahaffey while hiding in a closet in the master bedroom of his residence on Sand Hill Drive in the Honey Creek subdivision.
"They had gone in and checked the entire house," Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "The bedroom was clear. But they had not checked the closet."
Deputy Mahaffey had gone to the residence with other deputies to serve warrants against Mr. Brown on felony charges of rape, aggravated assault and kidnapping.
Deputy Mahaffey, who grew up in Rockdale County and was a 2000 graduate of Heritage High School in Conyers, began working as a deputy in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Dianna; his 2-year-old son, Trenton; and daughter, Anniston, 2 1/2 months old.
Funeral services for Deputy Mahaffey were held on Wednesday.