Deputy Sheriff Joseph Tim Whitehead, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Tim Whitehead, Jr.

Bibb County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, March 23, 2006

Joseph Tim Whitehead, Jr.

Deputy Joseph Whitehead was shot and killed while he and other deputies were serving a search warrant at a home on Atherton Avenue.

Deputy Whitehead and several other officers were executing a search warrant they had obtained during a narcotics investigation. When they entered the location, two suspects inside opened fire on them. Deputy Whitehead was struck once in the chest and once in the face. The round that struck Deputy Whitehead in the chest was absorbed by his bullet resistant vest.

Deputy Whitehead was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound approximately 30 minutes later.

Five people in the home were arrested and charged with murder in connection with Deputy Whitehead's death. The suspect who shot Deputy Whitehead faces the death penalty. On June 15, 2012, one of the other suspects was convicted of Deputy Whitehead's murder and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in 30 years. The other four are still awaiting trial.

Deputy Whitehead had previously served with the United States Air Force and is survived by his wife, three children, his mother, and his sister.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 1327
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with murder

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I am three days into mandate and this was one of our assignments to do a small research report on some of Georgia's brave fallen officers. It brings me great sadness to read about deputy Whiteheads tragic sacrifice, and I appreciate his outstanding service to the residents of Bibb County. Reading his story gave me a very surreal experience and hopefully I after I graduate from mandate I can continue in this brave mans foot steps and carry the torch that shines the bright light on darkness and evil. Rest easy deputy Whitehead we've got it from here.
Session #68 06/22/2018

Kishawn Mills
Bibb County B.O.E PD

April 11, 2018

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