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Deputy Sheriff Tony Reed Wilder | Colquitt County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Colquitt County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff

Tony Reed Wilder

Colquitt County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, January 31, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: Not available

Badge # 69-N

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Tony Wilder was shot and killed while he and several other deputies attempted to serve a committal warrant on a man. The suspect opened fire with a rifle, fatally wounding Deputy Wilder. He then grabbed a shotgun and continued to fire, wounding three other deputies and two civilians before being shot and killed.

Deputy Wilder was survived by his wife and three children.

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As a newspaper editor, I knew Tony to be a smiling, friendly, professional, wonderful deputy. The day of his death, we were all stunned, but I still remember him.

Glynn Moore
Journalist who worked with him professionally
July 20, 2016

 

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