Deputy Sheriff Ronnie Smith Butts County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia End of Watch: Saturday, December 17, 2011


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Deputy Sheriff Ronnie Smith

Butts County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
End of Watch: Saturday, December 17, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 49
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 643

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: December 17, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff Gene Pope
Butts County Sheriff’s Office
835 Ernest Biles Drive
Jackson, GA 30233
Phone: (770) 775-8216

Deputy Sheriff Ronnie Smith was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a fight call.
His patrol car left the roadway and struck several trees, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.
Deputy Smith had served with the Butts County Sheriff’s Office for four years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

JACKSON, Ga–Sheriff’s deputy Ronnie Smith, 49, was responding to a fight call Saturday night when his patrol unit left the road and hit a tree.

According to Butts County Sheriff Gene Pope, Smith lost control of his vehicle around 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of Biles Road and Four Points Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Smith had been with the Butts County Sheriffs department since 2007. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.


A Butts County Sheriff’s deputy died Saturday night in a single-vehicle car crash while responding to a call.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating what caused Deputy Ronnie Smiths’ patrol car to leave the roadway.

The incident happened between 10:30 and 11 p.m. on Four Points Road in Butts County, the county’s spokesman Mr. Michael Brewer said.

Deputy Smith was responding to a disturbance call when another deputy driving behind him saw the deputy’s car leave the road and crash into a set of trees, Mr. Brewer said.

That deputy immediately called for help, but Deputy Smith died at the scene.

The 49-year-old deputy, who was a husband and father of two, was living his dream, Mr. Brewer said.

Mr. Smith always wanted to be a patrol officer and worked his way up from a 911 operator and a jail detention officer until a year ago when he was hired as a deputy.

“He achieved what he wanted to do,” Mr. Brewer said.


3 Responses to “Deputy Sheriff Ronnie Smith Butts County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia End of Watch: Saturday, December 17, 2011”

  1. 1 simplot December 19, 2011 at 07:41

    Je suis originaire de Besançon et j’ai suivi pendant deux ans les exploits de Ronnie qui était un super joueur de basket mais également quelqu’un de très sympathique, humain. Il nous manquera……courage à sa femme et à ses filles. Jérôme

  2. 2 Chris Williams December 20, 2011 at 09:42

    Ronnie was a genuinely good friend of mine. I met him in the gym here in Jackson when he was still a detention officer. I trained him for a few months with weights and he was very pleased with the results. His strength increased as so did his muscle mass. Other than working out he always talked about getting mandated and sure enough he did it! He really did love his job whole heartedly. I will miss big 6’9″ and his passion for weight training and the few funny stories he shared with me from when he played basketball overseas. God bless you Ofc. Smith and your family. Love Big Chris

  3. 3 Cathy Lowe December 21, 2011 at 18:16

    I met Officer Smith last year on his day off. He came to my yard sale and I recognized him as I had seen him on duty several times issuing tickets to drivers along the road. We talked for a few minutes and I could tell he loved his family dearly. I had a Limouge vase and he said his wife was from the town in France where they make the pottery. He seemed like a very likable person. I am sure he will be missed. My condolences to his family. Cathy Lowe, Jackson, GA

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