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Suspect Caught In Georgia Police Officer Shooting

| by David Bonner
Royheem Delshawn DeedsRoyheem Delshawn Deeds

After the fatal shooting of Officer Tim Smith on Aug. 13, in Eastman, Georgia, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspect Royheem Delshawn Deeds.

Deeds, 24, was later arrested in Nassau County, Florida, and booked into jail at the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office about 3 a.m. on Aug. 15, reports the Daily Mail.

According to authorities, 31-year-old Smith was responding to a suspicious person call in a residential area of Eastman. The suspicious person was Deeds, who allegedly shot Smith after he exited his patrol car. Smith was not wearing a protective vest or a body camera, police noted.

Deeds fled the scene, and Smith was later pronounced dead at hospital.  

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Smith had been with the Eastman Police Department since 2011. He was a father of three, and a stepfather to the child of his finacee, Chelsea Clark.

Tim Smith is the second Georgia officer to be killed this year in the line of duty, which adds to the tense national climate between law enforcement and the communities they police.

On July 7, five Dallas law enforcement officers were shot and killed in a sniper attack, which also wounded six other officers and one civilian.

That attack occurred during an otherwise peaceful protest against the fatal shootings by police of Alton Sterling on July 5 in Louisiana and Philando Castile the following day in Minnesota.

The tension is exemplified by the competing slogans “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter,” with President Barack Obama weighing in with a defense of the former:

“I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase ‘black lives matter’ was not because they were suggesting nobody else’s lives matter…. What they were suggesting was, there is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”

Sources: Daily Mail, ThinkProgress / Photo credit: Nassau County Sheriff’s Office via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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