Deputy Sheriff Brian Lamar Mahaffey Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Georgia

Photograph: Deputy Sheriff Brian Lamar Mahaffey Patch image: Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff Brian Lamar Mahaffey
Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office
Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, May 8, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 28
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Deputy Brian L. Mahaffey was shot and killed as he and other deputies attempted to serve a warrant at a residence on Sandhill Drive.
Shots were exchanged between the deputies and suspect when several of the deputies were inside the home. Deputy Mahaffey was struck by one round below his vest. The suspect, who was wanted for rape, aggravated assault, and kidnapping, was also shot and killed.
Deputy Mahaffey had celebrated his 28th birthday the previous day. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

Agency Contact Information
Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office
911 Chambers Drive
Conyers, GA 30012
Phone: (770) 918-6700
Please contact the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

A Rockdale County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Saturday while trying to serve a warrant as part of a rape investigation, authorities said.

Deputy Brian Lamar Mahaffey was among several deputies who entered a house on Sand Hill Road south of Conyers as part of the investigation, according to published reports.

A suspect in the investigation – identified as Terry Brown – was apparently waiting inside a bedroom closet. When a deputy started to open the closet door, Brown opened fire, according to ajc.com. Authorities returned fire, killing Brown.

Mahaffey was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the shooting, according to reports. After the shooting, Mahaffey – an undercover officer with the sheriff’s department’s Narcotics and Vice Unit – was taken to Rockdale Medical Center where he died.

“We are all in shock,” WGCL-TV quoted Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington as saying. “We haven’t had anyone killed in the line of duty in our lifetime and we are here to support his family anyway we can.”

Another deputy was also shot, but his injuries weren’t life-threatening.

The sheriff’s office said Mahaffey was not alone when he attempted to serve the warrant. There were other deputies inside and outside the residence, officials said. The warrant was related to rape, aggravated assault and kidnapping charges, officials said.

Mchaffey had just celebrated his 28th birthday Friday. He leaves behind a wife and two small children, including a baby. He attended Heritage High School.

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