Deputy Sheriff Brian Lamar Mahaffey

Deputy Sheriff Brian Lamar Mahaffey

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, May 8, 2010

Brian Lamar Mahaffey

Deputy Brian L. Mahaffey was shot and killed as he and other deputies attempted to serve a warrant at a residence on Sandhill Drive.

Shots were exchanged between the deputies and suspect when several of the deputies were inside the home. As the home was being searched, a rear bedroom closet had not been cleared. As Deputy Mahaffey opened the closet to do a search the suspect immediately began shooting. Deputy Mahaffey was struck by one round below his vest. The suspect, who was wanted for rape, aggravated assault, and kidnapping, was also shot and killed.

Deputy Mahaffey was rushed to a local hospital but did not survive. He became the first deputy killed in the line of duty since the 1900's.

Deputy Mahaffey had celebrated his 28th birthday the previous day, and had served with the agency for nearly five years. He is survived by his wife and two young children, his parents, brother, and grandparents.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years, 10 months
  • Badge 2330

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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While I didn’t know deputy Mahaffey personally, I did know his brother personally as he and I played on the same soccer team in an amateur league in DeKalb county. If deputy Mahaffey was anything like his brother, and I have no reason to believe that he wasn’t, then he was a man of integrity and responsibility. My condolences to his family.

A. Witter (Twitch)
T.C. United 2010/ Teammate of his brother’s

August 13, 2018

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