Deputy Sheriff Ronnie Smith
Butts County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
End of Watch: Saturday, December 17, 2011
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 643
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.