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One deputy killed, another critical in Peach County

BYRON, Ga. (AP) - -

Authorities say a Peach County deputy was killed and another was wounded responding to a dispute between neighbors in central Georgia.
    
The Macon Telegraph reports the shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. Sunday near Byron, about 16 miles southwest of Macon.
    
Peach County coroner Kerry Rooks confirmed 41-year-old Patrick Sondron died at about 6:40 p.m.
    
GBI special agent J.T. Ricketson says the sheriff's office contacted him about 6 p.m. requesting assistance.

A 911 call came in after two people on ATV reported they were confronted by an armed man.
    
Ricketson says when the deputies arrived "they were under gunfire." He says they returned fire.

Deputy Daryl Smallwood was wounded and was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.
    
Agents identified the suspect at Ralph Stanley Elrod. He was wounded during the exchange of gunfire and was taken to a Macon Hospital.
    

    
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Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

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