Palmetto, Georgia – Coweta County Sheriff's Deputy Edmond Irvin was fatally shot during an off-duty dispute with his 17-year-old cousin on Tuesday night.
The Palmetto Police Department received a 911 call about a shooting at 519 Snowfall Terrace at approximately 9:41 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said in a press release on Wednesday.
When they arrived, they learned that the 25-year-old deputy’s cousin, 17-year-old Danny Long, shot him with a handgun, then ran out of the house.
Once outside, he threatened to “kill every one of you,” neighbors told WSB.
He then fled the scene.
“[Deputy Irvin] and another family member evidently had an argument about something,” Coweta County Sheriff Lenn Wood confirmed. “They were in the back of the house, other family in the house heard the shots and saw him run out.”
Deputy Irvin died at the scene, according to the GBI.
Officers immediately set up roadblocks and began searching for the gunman, WSB reported.
He was soon apprehended on Collingsworth Road near I-85, approximately three miles away from the scene.
“When he saw us, he turned himself in to us,” the sheriff said.
Long was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail, where he is being held on charges of murder and terroristic threats.
The GBI said that it will conduct an independent investigation into Deputy Irvin’s murder.
“Please be in prayer for the family of our fallen brother and his brothers and sisters at CCSO this morning and in the days ahead,” the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.
Deputy Irvin and his pregnant fiancé had been living at a residence at the end of the street for the past couple of weeks, neighbors told WSB.
He joined CCSO several years ago, and initially served in the jail facility, Sheriff Wood told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He graduated from the police academy in Columbus in December of 2018, and was subsequently assigned to the patrol division, The Newman Times-Herald reported.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Coweta County Sheriff's Deputy Edmond Irvin, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.