Two arrested in Bibb off-duty deputy shooting case

Macon police have arrested two men on multiple charges related to the Sept. 5 shooting of an off-duty Bibb County sheriff’s deputy who was working security at VFW Post 9709 on Key Street.

Police arrested Antonio B. Smith, 22, on Monday and charged him with aggravated assault on a peace officer and three counts of armed robbery. After Smith’s arrest, members of the Southeast Regional Task Force arrested Derrick Murphy Jr., 17, on Tuesday, charging him with aggravated assault on a peace officer, two other charges of aggravated assault and three counts of armed robbery, officials said.

Police acknowledged the arrests publicly at a Tuesday night news conference.

Bibb County deputy Jimmy Goolsby was shot in the elbow in the early morning hours of Sept. 5 when either Smith or Murphy fired a 9mm handgun three times while attempting to commit robbery, police said.

Goolsby has been released from the hospital but is still receiving daily medical treatment, officials said.

Macon police detective Scott Chapman said Tuesday he couldn’t give more details about what happened because it could jeopardize the investigation.

Chapman said he isn’t expecting more arrests in the case, but the investigation is ongoing.

Chapman and Police Chief Mike Burns said Tuesday that investigators were able to break the case quickly thanks to interdepartmental cooperation among police, sheriff’s officials and members of the Southeast Regional Task Force.

In addition, Burns said information received through Macon Regional CrimeStoppers also proved important.

“Anytime a law enforcement officer is shot, the community should be outraged,” Burns said.

Burns said Smith has three previous arrests, but the chief didn’t immediately know the charges. Burns said Murphy has no prior arrests.

Chapman said when he received the initial call about the shooting, almost every member of the police and sheriff’s office went to the scene, including off-duty officers.

“That was a direct attack on the badge,” he said. “Our brother was assaulted.”

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.