A Georgia man accused of fatally shooting two Georgia deputies could face the death penalty.
A grand jury has indicted 57-year-old Ralph Stanley Elrod Jr. on murder and aggravated assault charges in the November deaths of 39-year-old Deputy Daryl Smallwood and 41-year-old Sgt. Patrick Sondron of the Peach County Sheriff’s Department.
District Attorney David Cooke announced this week that his office plans to seek the death penalty against Elrod for the murders.
The deputies were reportedly shot by Elrod upon approaching Elrod’s house. Both deputies were responding to a report that Elrod had used a gun to threaten two men who were riding a motorcycle and an ATV near his property.
During the shootout that left both deputies dead, Elrod was wounded by other law enforcement officers that had responded to the scene. He’s still being held without bond.