Deputy Sheriff Durwin Lynn Potts

Deputy Sheriff Durwin Lynn Potts

Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, December 21, 1996

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Durwin Lynn Potts

Deputy Potts was killed in an automobile accident as he and a reserve deputy were responding to assist another officer on Georgia Highway 71. Their patrol car rolled several times when he swerved to avoid a pickup truck that had pulled out in front of them. Deputy Potts succumbed to his injuries the following day.

The driver of the truck fled the scene of the accident but was arrested the following day. The man was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 14 years of probation.

Deputy Potts had served with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office for 9 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 171

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Friday, December 20, 1996
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years

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Deputy Sheriff Potts,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Whitfield County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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