Cobb County

Cobb deputies’ deaths mark the first line-of-duty losses for the department in 30 years

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — The deaths of two deputies in Cobb County Thursday night marks the first time a deputy with the department has been killed in the line of duty in 30 years.

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The department lost Deputy Sheriff Donald Terry Garrison on April 27, 1990 in a vehicular assault.

Garrison was killed when his unmarked patrol car was struck head-on by a speeding wrong-way driver on Jim Owens Parkway. The 18-year-old driver was playing a game of car-tag when he lost control of the car and hit Garrison’s car.

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Garrison had been with the department for 19 years and was survived by a wife, son and daughter.

The Sheriff’s Office has yet to release the names of the two deputies killed Thursday night. The deputies were shot to death while serving a warrant at a home in the Hampton Glenn neighborhood. Two people were taken into custody after an hours-long standoff with SWAT. The suspects’ names have also yet to be released.

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At least nine Georgia officers have been killed in 2022. Three of those deaths were the results of car accidents. One officer was struck by a vehicle and another died of COVID-19, which is considered a line-of-duty death. A corrections officer was killed in an assault and an officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security died of a duty-related illness.

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