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Tributes planned for slain Peach Sgt. Patrick Sondron, Deputy Daryl Smallwood

GBI Agent gives update on Peach County deputies shootings

J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the GBI in Perry talks about the actions of suspect, Ralph Stanley Elrod in the shootings of Peach County sheriff's Sgt. Patrick Sondron and deputy Daryl Smallwood at Elrod's residence.
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J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the GBI in Perry talks about the actions of suspect, Ralph Stanley Elrod in the shootings of Peach County sheriff's Sgt. Patrick Sondron and deputy Daryl Smallwood at Elrod's residence.

Family, friends and strangers will come together Tuesday in Byron to pray after Peach County deputies were gunned down Sunday night.

Sgt. Patrick Sondron died Sunday and Deputy Daryl Smallwood died Tuesday after they were shot as they answered a call on Hardison Road near Byron.

The deputies were shot by a man accused of pulling a gun on his neighbor’s family members who were riding a four-wheeler and motorcycle.

A Facebook announcement reads: “Tragedy has hit home for PCSO (Peach County Sheriff’s Office). Please join us at North Peach Park to show our love & support for the family of Sgt. Patrick Sondron and Deputy Daryl Smallwood.

The prayer vigil will be from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at North Peach Park at 497 W. White Road in Byron.

Funeral arrangements are set for Sondron through McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins.

The family of the U.S. Air Force veteran will be at Southside Baptist Church Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. for visitation.

Sondron’s funeral will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the church at 1040 S. Houston Lake Road in Warner Robins.

His obituary mentions the SWAT team member was a pilot and drove charter buses in his spare time.

The “dedicated public servant, respected partner to others in law enforcement.”

Officers from multiple agencies in Middle Georgia swarmed the neighborhood once word spread Sunday that officers were down.

A radio call of shots fired and officers down in Peach County drew dozens of law-enforcement officers from surrounding counties on November 6, 2016. Brittney Biddle posted video on her Facebook page.

Sondron known to be “kind and level-headed” and a “well-loved friend by many,” his obituary reads.

Sondron has been described as a “true ambassador for Peach County.”

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Marie Sondron and children Skylor Jacob Sondron, Ethan Lewis McCoy Ward and Sierra Rose D’Anne Ward, all or Warner Robins.

Following Thursday’s service, Sondron will be laid to rest in Magnolia Park Cemetery.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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