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Ranger William Earl Hobbs | Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia


William Earl Hobbs

Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, July 21, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/9/1967

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Ranger William Hobbs succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 12 days earlier as he and an Early County deputy investigated a disturbance involving a mentally unstable man at a farm.

The man had been shooting at members of his family, and then shot at Ranger Hobbs and the deputy when they arrived at the scene. Ranger Hobbs suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He then took a gun and ammunition from the deputy's patrol car and barricaded himself in the farmhouse.

Responding officers shot and killed the man when he opened fire on them.

Ranger Hobbs was survived by his wife and son.

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RIP Ranger, thank you for your service

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
July 21, 2012


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