Ga. sheriff killed in police pursuit

A sheriff is dead and two suspects have been arrested in a pursuit early Tuesday

Duty Death: Ladson O'Connor - [Mt. Vernon, Georgia]

End of Service: 06/15/2015


By Police1 Staff

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ga. — A sheriff is dead and two suspects have been arrested in a pursuit early Tuesday.

WTOC reports Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O'Connor was killed in a crash after joining the pursuit as backup. The incident began when police initiated a traffic stop on 35-year-old Jim Edward Lowery and 36-year-old Dixie Best, who then fled from police.

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Best and Lowery both fired shots at officers during the pursuit, according to the report. Best was taken into custody before Lowery – who remained on the run for several hours until police located him.

O’Connor is survived by his wife and four children. No further details were immediately available. 

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