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    Georgia Deputy shot and killed serving a search warrant

    Deputy Sheriff Joseph Whitehead
    Bibb County Sheriff's Department
    End of Watch: Thursday, March 23, 2006

    Biographical Info
    Age: 36
    Tour of Duty: 11 years
    Badge Number: 1327

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: Gunfire
    Date of Incident: Thursday, March 23, 2006
    Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
    Suspect Info: Charged with murder

    Deputy Joseph Whitehead was shot and killed while he and other deputies were serving a search warrant at a home on Atherton Avenue.

    Deputy Whitehead and several other officers were executing a search warrant they had obtained during a narcotics investigation. When they entered the location, two suspects inside opened fire on them. Deputy Whitehead was struck once in the chest and once in the face. The round that struck Deputy Whitehead in the chest was absorbed by his bullet resistant vest.

    Deputy Whitehead was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound approximately 30 minutes later.

    Five people in the home were arrested and charged with murder in connection with Deputy Whitehead's death. The two suspects who fired at Deputy Whitehead face the death penalty.

    Deputy Whitehead is survived by his wife and three children.

    Agency Contact Information
    Bibb County Sheriff's Department
    668 Oglethorpe St
    Macon, GA 31201

    Phone: (478) 746-9441

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