Investigator Cecil Dwayne Ridley

Investigator Cecil Dwayne Ridley

Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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Cecil Dwayne Ridley

Investigator Cecil Ridley was shot and killed while conducting a subject stop at a convenience store at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. near 12th Street in Augusta.

He was conducting proactive patrols with other members of the narcotics unit in response to recent gun violence in the area. They observed a group of individuals loitering in front of the convenience store and attempted to contact them.

Upon seeing the investigators one of the subjects walked into the store but was approached by a deputy inside. He began walking back outside when he saw Investigator Ridley walking into the store. The man immediately opened fire, striking Investigator Ridley.

Other deputies returned fire as he fled into the parking lot, wounding him, before taking him into custody. The subject who shot Investigator Ridley was on parole for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded

parolee, subject stop

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Investigator Cecil Ridley was a man to learn from. I remember I had just told my dad how much I like working beside him because he was so old school. The criminals hated it, and him to be honest, but his old school ways got the job done. And he was great at it. Another man who taught others how to be great at the job. I was working with him that night. I was only a couple miles away and I can still hear the radio distress call clearly in my head. Or the pain I felt when the doctor came in and told us he didn't make it. We were literally laughing together 30 minutes earlier. Rest on sir. We got it from you. Love and miss you.

Deputy/ k9 handler William McClure
Richmond County Sheriff Office. Fellow officer

December 29, 2020

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