Hero Down: RCSO Investigator Cecil Ridley Murdered By Gunman

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Cecil Ridley was murdered in the line of duty on Tuesday night.

Augusta, GA – Richmond County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) Investigator Cecil Ridley was murdered in the line of duty on Tuesday night.

The 51-year-old investigator and other members of the narcotics unit were out on proactive patrol in an effort to help curb gun violence in the Augusta area when they encountered serval individuals at a gas station near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 12th Street at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

One of the officers attempted to make contact with 24-year-old Alvin Theodore Hester inside the store, but Hester turned away from him and attempted to exit the building, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

As Hester headed for the front doors to leave, Investigator Ridley happened to be walking inside, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Hester then opened fire, striking the investigator.

The officer who initially encountered Hester inside the store returned fire as the armed suspect took off into the parking lot.

Once outside, he was confronted by another officer, who also returned fire.

GBI Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan said that Investigator Ridley was unable to return fire during the attack, and that he ultimately succumbed to his wounds, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Hester was transported to August University Medical Center for treatment of his gunshot wounds.

He is expected to be charged in connection with Investigator Ridley’s murder, WJBF reported.

Although the department has not confirmed how many years Investigator Ridley worked for RCSO, he did receive an award marking five years of service in 2018, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“Our hearts are with the family, blood & blue, of Investigator Cecil Ridley who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” the GBI tweeted early Wednesday morning. “We thank you for your service and will continue to pray for your family, friends, and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.”

Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said that Investigator Ridley’s death was a tragic loss for the fallen officer’s family and the RCSO.

“The men and women who chose to become first responders put their lives on the line every day to protect our community, and last night Investigator Ridley paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Chief James told WJBF. “Firefighters, EMTs, and law enforcement interact daily, so I know this loss is being felt throughout the public safety community.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp praised Investigator Ridley for his selfless service, and offered his condolences to the fallen officer’s family.

“I ask Georgians to join us in praying for Investigator Ridley’s loved ones,” Kemp tweeted on Wednesday. “He gave his life to protect and serve others, and losing him in the line of duty is heartbreaking. May God give his community comfort in this difficult time.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Cecil Ridley, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Investigator Cecil Ridley, your life mattered.

Comments (28)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Were Ridley and the other police officers in uniforms, or were they out trying to make arrests in street clothes? Anyone know?

GPD-Ret
GPD-Ret

RIP my Brother. You served your community well.

Blackwolf1
Blackwolf1

Another senseless death of a good officer, because society is turning scumbag criminals into victims.

Aramovich
Aramovich

In my day, many cop killers didn't make it to trial even if taken alive. Need to renew the tradition.

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

Opened fire on person walking in the door. Too bad officers weren't better shooters. NO plea deal...charge him federally!

alicefae
alicefae

So sorry.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Lead poisoning would work good in this case no trial needed if this Sounds cruel I don't care sometimes instant justice is justified

VicG
VicG

Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Brother...

gfc1963
gfc1963

RIP Officer Ridley.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Another 13%ER Pos scumbag murders an officer!! Once his trial is done, immediate execution!!! Taxpayers shouldn't have to support this lowlife!! RIP Officer!! 🙏💙

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

RIP brother.

Gramercy
Gramercy

May Hester reap God's wrath in his life and living. Justice will soon be his, I am sure. May Peace be with the family of Investigator Ridley, knowing that he is in Heaven's place and is right with his soul. How tragic...how heartless...