Ranger William Earl Hobbs

Ranger William Earl Hobbs

Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, July 21, 1967

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William Earl Hobbs

Ranger Bill Hobbs succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on his farm six miles south of Blakely 12 days earlier as he and an Early County deputy investigated a disturbance involving a mentally unstable man who was living with family members on the property.

The man had been released from Central State Hospital a few weeks earlier and was causing a disturbance. He 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.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, July 9, 1967
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

domestic, EDP

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 21, 2020

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