Deputy Sheriff Daryl Wayne Smallwood

Deputy Sheriff Daryl Wayne Smallwood

Peach County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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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.

Sergeant Sondron and Deputy Smallwood spoke to the subject and informed him that they were placing him under arrest because they had video evidence. The suspect pulled a gun from his back pocket and shot both officers. 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 suspect had gathered more weapons, hid behind the patrol car, and fired at responding officers before being shot and wounded and taken into custody. The suspect was sentenced to two life sentences without a 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 United States Marine Corps veteran who served with the Peach County Sheriff's Office for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • 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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