Deputy Sheriff William Ricky Hudson

Deputy Sheriff William Ricky Hudson

Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, February 22, 1990

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William Ricky Hudson

Deputy Hudson was killed in an accident resulting from a vehicle pursuit. Deputy Hudson was pursuing a shooting suspect at 0113 hours. He was attempting to stop at an intersection when his patrol car skidded 26 feet into a tractor trailer. The vehicle being pursued did not contain the shooting suspect that officers believed they were chasing. The suspect, however, was apprehended the next day. The man committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell two weeks after his guilty plea.

Deputy Hudson had been with the agency for over five years and was survived by his wife, four children, and parents.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Committed suicide

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We grew up together and graduated together. I saw you just a couple of weeks before your accident and I will never forget our talk! You knew what I was going through and you gave me support, your ear and your kindness. The world became less warm after you left it. Rest easy my friend.

Darlene Hancock

February 22, 2020

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