Captain Justin Williams Bedwell

Captain Justin Williams Bedwell

Decatur County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, March 1, 2021

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Justin Williams Bedwell

Captain Justin Bedwell succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier following a vehicle pursuit of two brothers that started in neighboring Seminole County.

The pursuit started when Seminole County deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a pickup truck for reckless driving. The vehicle fled and the occupants opened fire on the deputies, who pursued them into Decatur County. The vehicle stopped in the driveway of a residence near the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 and State Road 310 and the occupants attempted to force entry into the home by shooting through the door.

The homeowner returned fire, prompting the subjects to abandon their attempt to enter the home. As Captain Bedwell arrived in the area one of the subjects opened fire on his patrol car with a .30 caliber rifle, striking him in the chest. A second deputy suffered minor injuries. One subject was arrested at the scene. The second subject, armed with the rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest, was arrested 12 hours later following a manhunt in the area.

Captain Bedwell was flown to a hospital in Tallahassee, Florida, where he succumbed to his wounds while undergoing emergency surgery on March 1st, 2021.

Captain Bedwell had served with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and mother.

Bio

  • Age 48
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge SO9

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, February 27, 2021
  • Weapon Rifle; .30 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

vehicle pursuit

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I am very sorry for your family’s loss. We will never forget your family’s service to our community. God Bless and Godspeed, Captain Bedwell. Georgia has lost another Hero to senseless violence.

Lisa B
Georgia LEO Supporter

September 4, 2021

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