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Revenue Agent Carlton J. Peebles | Georgia Department of Revenue - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Unit, Georgia Georgia Department of Revenue - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Unit, Georgia

Revenue Agent

Carlton J. Peebles

Georgia Department of Revenue - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Unit, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, February 6, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 191

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 1 year

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Agent Peebles was shot and killed when he and another agent attempted to arrest a man for illegally selling whiskey in Jenkins County.

The two agents were conducting an undercover investigation and entered a roadside store where they observed the sale.
The store owner, who was armed with a pistol, was confronted by the two agents who identified themselves and ordered to hand over the gun. When the suspect refused, the second agent took the gun from him. Agent Peebles then went out front to radio for assistance as the second agent detained the occupants of the store. During this time, the other agent was attacked by one of the occupants and a struggle ensued. The store owner was able to regain control of his handgun and pointed it at Agent Peebles as he re-entered the store.

Agent Peebles and the suspect exchanged gunfire, and Agent Peebles was struck in the chest and mortally wounded.

The suspect was charged with Agent Peebles' murder, but was convicted of only voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 1 year in prison.

Agent Peebles had served with the Georgia Department of Revenue for 5 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Agent Carlton J. Peebles was the first cousin of my father, Lamon Gillis, and my uncle, Franklin Gillis, who also were GA Department of Revenue agents and who grew up with Carlton. My father said he was the first agent to arrive on the scene after the murder to find his first cousin lying dead in a pool of blood. I was just a child at the time but I remember it so well because it affected our family so deeply, especially the outrage of the murderer being convicted of manslaughter and getting only 1 year in prison. You are not forgotten, Carlton, and there will be justice someday!

Pamela S. Gillis Gilbertz
Cousin
October 26, 2016

 

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