Lieutenant Billy Ray Jiles

Lieutenant Billy Ray Jiles

Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, September 3, 2002

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Billy Ray Jiles

Lieutenant Billy Ray Jiles was shot and killed after responding to reports of a man attempting to set his ex-wife's house on fire.

When the suspect left the home, he was followed by a citizen who alerted Lieutenant Jiles to his location. After a short foot pursuit, the man ran into another home where he murdered the elderly owner. Lieutenant Jiles took a defensive position outside of the home, but the suspect came out and opened fire with two handguns, striking Lieutenant Jiles several times. Lieutenant Jiles was not able to return fire.

The suspect was shot and killed by other responding units. A suicide note was found on the suspect, and it is believed he was attempting suicide-by-cop.

Lieutenant Jiles had been in law enforcement for 20 years with three different agencies. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 908

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Shot and killed

arson, domestic, pursuit, suicide by cop

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The Lt. Billy Jiles Memorial Youth Fund is set up with the intent of providing funds to assist local youth within the Carroll County community. Those who knew Lt. Billy Jiles know that helping youth in our community was very dear to his heart and he would be so proud knowing that his legacy lives on and that the benefits from the memorial fund will go to help those he cared so much about.

Donations can be made to the fund at Community Foundation of West Georgia (CFWG) via:

1. Online direct link:

2. CFWG website, click donate at the top of the website and scroll down to the Lt. Billy Jiles Memorial Youth Fund button.

3. Mail a check to CFWG, 807 S. Park Street, Carrollton, GA 30117, either note on the check or enclose a note specifying the Lt. Billy Jiles Fund.

4. Stock. If someone would like to donate stock, have them contact the Foundation office, (770-832-1462) or [email protected] and we will be glad to share wiring instructions.

April Fortenberry

November 6, 2022

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