Deputy Sheriff Daryl Wayne Smallwood

Deputy Sheriff Daryl Wayne Smallwood

Peach County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Daryl Wayne Smallwood

Deputy Sheriff Daryl Smallwood died of injuries he sustained when he and Sergeant Patrick Sondron were shot after responding to a neighbor dispute on Hardison Road, near Route 42, near Byron, Georgia, at approximately 5:30 pm.

Two residents in the area were riding ATVs on a roadway when they were confronted by a neighbor who threatened them with a firearm. The victims left the scene and called 911 to report the incident. Sergeant Sondron and Deputy Smallwood responded to the victims' residence and interviewed them. After speaking to them they drove to the suspect's home.

As Sergeant Sondron and Deputy Smallwood exited patrol cars and began to walk down the driveway towards the home they were both shot by the subject. The original victims witnessed the shooting and again called 911 to report both deputies had been shot.

Officers from numerous surrounding agencies responded to the location. The subject was located a short time later and fired at responding officers again before being shot and wounded and then taken into custody. The suspect was sentenced to two life sentences without chance of parole plus 100 years in September 2018.

Sergeant Sondron and Deputy Smallwood were taken to a local hospital where Sergeant Sondron died from his injuries. Deputy Smallwood died two days later from his wounds.

Deputy Smallwood was a U.S Marine Corps veteran and was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge PC306
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 6, 2016
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life 2 life terms plus 100

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John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

August 30, 2018

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