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Deputy killed, another injured during dispute in Peach County, Georgia

BYRON, Ga. -- Authorities say a Peach County deputy was killed and another was wounded responding to a dispute between neighbors in central Georgia.

The Macon Telegraph reported the shooting happened Sunday near Byron, about 16 miles southwest of Macon.

Peach County coroner Kerry Rooks confirmed the deputy’s death but could not release the name pending next of kin notification.

However, Peach Coroner Kerry Rooks identified the deceased deputy as 41-year-old Patrick Sondron, CBS affiliate WMAZ reported. 

The second officer who was wounded was also a Peach deputy and was taken to Medical Center Navicent Health in Macon. That officer’s name has not been released, WMAZ reported. 

GBI special agent J.T. Ricketson says the sheriff’s office contacted him about 6 p.m. requesting assistance responding to “a dispute between neighbors.”

Ricketson says when deputies arrived “they were under gunfire.” He says they returned fire.

A suspect was taken to a hospital. Ricketson would not say if the suspect was shot.

A person who answered the phone at the sheriff’s office said no one was there who could release any information.

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