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Chief Deputy Shot, Killed In Own Home By Suicidal Felon

Chief Deputy Shot, Killed In Own Home By Suicidal Felon

Greene County Chief Deputy Kevin Roberts was shot and killed on Sunday. [Greene County Sheriff's Office]

Atlanta Journal Constitution via YellowBrix

November 15, 2010

GREENE COUNTY, GA – A convicted felon shot and killed the Greene County chief deputy Sunday morning before turning the gun on himself, Sheriff Chris Houston said.

Kevin Roberts, 48, answered the door of his Siloam home around 8:30 and was shot, Houston said. The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Sherman Ash Branch, then shot himself in the murder-suicide, Houston said.

Investigators believe Branch may have targeted the deputy because of a sheriff’s office investigation, Houston said. But Roberts was not involved in the investigation involving Branch, he said.

“He was my best friend,” Houston said Sunday afternoon of Roberts, a married father of two.

Branch was twice convicted of cocaine possession and once for obstructing an officer, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. He served two sentences in state prison.

GBI agents are at the scene assisting the Greene County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation, GBI spokesman John Bankhead told the AJC.

Morgan, Taliaferro, Putnam, Oconee and other agencies also are helping.

Roberts had been the chief deputy since 1999. He previously worked as a police officer in Union Point and Greensboro.


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP

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    Sheepdog1

    over 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace Chief. Our prayers are for your family, friends and department.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace Chief. May God Bless you and your family.

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    milcop

    over 3 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Brother

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    granny1

    over 3 years ago

    1448 Comments

    rest in peace.

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    Daysend

    over 3 years ago

    902 Comments

    I pray you rest peacefully good sir, thank you for your service.

    -These are the nuts you boys in blue protect us from. Light punishment for serious offenders isnt working anymore. Reform? These guys rather die than reform.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP Chief

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    Lister

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    RIP Chief Deputy Kevin Roberts

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    krushmoto

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    RIP Chief! Prayers for your family.

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    Retleo

    over 3 years ago

    5524 Comments

    RIP Brother!

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    LadyB

    over 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    Very said. Pray that the family be strong, and my god be with them. May he rest in peace.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in peace Chief. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and fellow officers.

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    SULLYMAN

    over 3 years ago

    492 Comments

    Tragic, Rest in Peace Chief

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    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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