Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Georgia police officer

A south Georgia sheriff's department says the man accused of killing a police officer has been arrested. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted by Telfair County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, August 14, 2016

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