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Sheriff fights release of deputy's name after fatal shooting

Worth County, GA Sheriff Jeff Hobby Worth County, GA Sheriff Jeff Hobby
Crystal Miley Harry was shot and killed after a chase ended in a crash. Crystal Miley Harry was shot and killed after a chase ended in a crash.
Sheriff Hobby said he would fight the release of the information in court, if necessary. Sheriff Hobby said he would fight the release of the information in court, if necessary.
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

The name of the deputy involved in a deadly shooting after a chase is a mystery, and the county sheriff says he doesn't want anyone to know.

Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby said he would not release the name of that deputy, even though required by Georgia law to do so.

"I will never release it," Sheriff Hobby said. "If it's up to me, I'll never release the name of the deputy who done (sic) the shooting."

Skid marks and tape along Georgia Highway 133 in Worth County still marked the scene Monday. It was where Crystal Miley Harry was shot and killed after the chase ended in a crash.

Authorities said Crystal Harry crawled out of the car that flipped over, and pulled two guns on deputies.

One deputy fired the fatal shot.

"People don't need to be questioning, asking what's going on and stuff like that," said Sheriff Hobby. "It's an unnatural act for somebody to have to take somebody else's life. It weighs on them just as much as it does the person from the family that had the death in it."

WALB retained an attorney to get the information that legally must be made public.

But the sheriff vowed he would fight the release of that information in court.

In the meantime, he provided an incident report stating that Deputy April Young attempted to pull over 37-year-old Phillip Kelley, who sped off. Harry was a passenger in his car.

The report, however, revealed nothing about the crash or the shooting.

The Sheriff also provided some images from Harry's Facebook page, that showed anti-law enforcement views.

Authorities said they believe Harry and Kelley were driving through South Georgia after stealing a dozen guns in Florida, and were headed back to their home in Sylacauga, Alabama.

The stolen guns, and meth were found inside the car.

If Sheriff Hobby refuses to follow the law and release the deputy's name, Worth County taxpayers will be responsible for his legal expenses in an Open Records lawsuit.

MORE: Read The Georgia Open Records Act

Late Monday afternoon, the Worth County attorney emailed WALB's attorney and agreed to respond to the station's request.

WALB's verbal open records request was made last Friday, which means the sheriff has until Wednesday to release the name.

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