Royheem Deeds arrested in shooting death of Georgia police officer

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Royheem Deeds arrested in shooting death of Georgia police officer
Royheem Deeds arrested in shooting death of Georgia police officer

Royheem Deeds accused of killing a Georgia police officer over the weekend was arrested in Florida Monday after deputies found the suspect hiding in the trunk of his sister’s car.

The Telfair County Sheriff’s Office tells WSB-TV that Royheem Delshawn Deeds, 24, was captured in Florida just before 3 a.m. Monday.

Officer Tim Smith, 30, was investigating a suspicious person call about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Smith and Main streets, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Scott Dutton said in a news release.

Eastman is in Dodge County, which is about 55 miles south of Macon.

Smith was shot when he got out of his patrol car.

Though Smith returned fire, the suspect, later identified as Deeds, got away, authorities said.

Smith, who joined the Eastman Police Department in February 2011, died from his wounds at a nearby hospital. He is survived by his three children, Dutton said.

A reward of $15,000 was offered leading to the arrest of Deeds.

Christopher B. Taub

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