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Deputy Shot, Killed While Serving Warrent

Deputy Shot, Killed While Serving Warrent

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ODMP.org | Rockdale Citizen via YellowBrix

May 11, 2010

ROCKDALE, GA – CONYERS — Terry Mahaffey, father of slain Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brian Mahaffey, gathered with his family Monday afternoon to let the public know that his son’s career in law enforcement was more than just a job. “He had a family,” he said.

Terry and Cindy Mahaffey and Brian’s brother, Christopher, 25, held a press conference Monday. The family made a statement and answered questions concerning Brian Mahaffey, who was killed in the line of duty Saturday as he and other Narcotics and Vice Unit investigators were serving an arrest warrant to a suspect at a house off of Honey Creek Road.

“We want you to know that he was a very, very loving man … he was a good, good man,” Cindy Mahaffey said.

Chris Mahaffey described an older brother who loved to fish and work on cars.

“Brian was the best brother you could ask to have. Anytime you needed him, he was there for you. I needed him a lot. I still need him,” Chris Mahaffey said. “In his lifetime, he was able to do everything he loved … he was able to help people. Brian lived a great life.”

Mahaffey leaves behind his wife, Diana, a 2-year old son, Trenton, and an almost 3-month-old daughter, Anniston.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Conyers, at 2100 Ga. Highway 138. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Conyers.

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Deputy Sheriff Brian Lamar Mahaffey

“First Baptist (Church of Conyers) seats 1,500, but it’s not going to hold them all,” said RCSO spokeswoman Sgt. Jodi Shupe, who described the funeral with full honors and attendees expected to come from out-of-state.

RCSO has been getting through the difficult time together, said Sheriff Jeff Wigington, noting the grief counseling that has been available to everyone, especially to those deputies who were with Brian Mahaffey during the shooting.

Mahaffey was part of the RCSO Narcotics and Vice Unit and went to serve warrants at a home on Sand Hill Road Saturday afternoon. The suspect, wanted for rape, kidnapping and aggravated assault, hid in the bedroom closet and opened fire when Mahaffey and other deputies entered the residence, according to a press release. Mahaffey was fatally wounded from a shot in the arm and another shot under his protective vest.

“It’s the first time we faced something like this in our lifetime … It’s one of those things that I hoped I would never have to deal with in my career,” Wigington said. “Way too young to die so soon.”

Wigington said Mahaffey rose quickly in responsibilities during his five-year career.

Brian’s father Terry Mahaffey talked about how much he admired his son and his work, recalling times when he would ride along with him on patrol.

“What was so amazing about him … he could turn that off immediately,” Terry said of Brian’s work and home life, “and when he went in, he would look at Trenton and say ‘What’s up, Daddy’s buddy.’”

Sherri Alderson, director of Rockdale Baptist Church’s preschool, recalled when Brian would regularly bring Trenton to the weekday preschool program.

Alderson explained the morning routine of Brian dropping Trenton off at the classroom and then going out and pulling the door shut.

“But he wouldn’t walk away. He would almost always be in the hallway standing at the door and watch (Trenton),” Alderson said. “They had a very amazing bond between the two of them. I admired the fact that Brian was so devoted to his son.”

Alderson said Trenton had been attending the preschool since October and the school would miss his father.

“It’s completely shocking that we won’t see him in the hallways anymore … We’re all just devastated because he was so kind-hearted, genuine, sincere loving dad,” Alderson said. “And when you see a parent that is that devoted, you just admire it. You admire seeing that kind of love and devotion to a child.”

“Our family is heartbroken, but at the same time humbled by all the prayers that we have had, all the support from family and friends,” Maffey’s brother told the media. The family will continue to need prayer, according to Cindy Mahaffey.

“We have two small children that’s not going to have their father anymore,” Cindy said. The public is invited to send donations to the Brian Mahaffey Memorial Fund at Georgia Federal Credit Union or gfcu.org. The account was set up to benefit Brian’s two children.

“We are deeply saddened at the loss of our fallen son of Rockdale County,” said Rockdale County Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Oden in a Sunday press release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mahaffey family during this time of great tragedy. Rockdale County has lost a dedicated Deputy, public servant, role model and family man.”

Deputy Brian L. Mahaffey was shot and killed as he and other deputies attempted to serve a warrant at a residence on Sandhill Drive.

Shots were exchanged between the deputies and suspect when several of the deputies were inside the home. Deputy Mahaffey was struck by one round below his vest. The suspect, who was wanted for rape, aggravated assault, and kidnapping, was also shot and killed.

Deputy Mahaffey had celebrated his 28th birthday the previous day. He is survived by his wife and two young children.


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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Rest in Peace & may God bless you, your family and co-workers.

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    jdynomit

    about 4 years ago

    212 Comments

    Rest in Peace, and our prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    R.I.P.

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    lawdawg1411

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    Rest in Peace...God Bless your family

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    gman3858

    over 4 years ago

    318 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother.

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    milcop

    over 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP My Brother My you rest and join our others Brothers and Sisters who have given their lives so others can live safe. Prayers to your family friends and co-workers

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    beejac

    over 4 years ago

    1424 Comments

    It causes me pain to learn of these fine young officers that have given all to their communities.

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    Badgenumbertwentytwo

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    I am a retired deputy sheriff from Greenville Copunty sheriff Dept in Greenville county South Carolina : It hurts me so bad to see a fallen Brother in his Prime Killed by some low life that was not worth the bullett to kill Him . I feel for our fallen Brothers Wife & Children, His Family and His Brother officers. God Bless You My Brother and May You Rest in Peace. Badge 22

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    copper5817

    over 4 years ago

    892 Comments

    RIP

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    RANGER_ONE_TX

    over 4 years ago

    4610 Comments

    RIP Brother, My prayers to the family and fellow Officers...

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    Roque1983

    over 4 years ago

    34 Comments

    My prayers go to the family of the officer. RIP.

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    philfroggy

    over 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    kadan

    over 4 years ago

    626 Comments

    RIP sir My prayers are with your family in this time of sorry.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    That is two stories I read back to back about Officers being shot. We have got to watch our backs guys. I know it is so easy to get complacent out there. Treat every situation like it has potentiel to be fatal. My heart goes out to the Mahaffey family.

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    NorthernCop

    over 4 years ago

    132 Comments

    RIP brother. Very glad this piece of SH$%#$T is dead

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