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Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting of Deputy

Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting of Deputy

Jonathan Bun, 17, was taken into custody in connection with the killing of a Clayton County officer.

Associated Press

July 21, 2011

CLAYTON COUNTY, GA – Authorities arrested a Riverdale teen wanted in the fatal shooting of a Clayton County sheriff’s deputy.

Jonathan Bun, 17, was taken into custody at dusk Wednesday following a massive search that included officers from several dozen jurisdictions, Clayton police spokeswoman Tina Daniel said. Surrounded by law enforcement, Bun was transported by ambulance to Southern Regional Hospital — the same place where 55-year-old deputy Richard “Rick” Jerome Daly was pronounced dead just hours earlier.

Daly’s death marks the first time a Clayton County law enforcement officer was killed in the line of duty, Sheriff Kem Kimbrough told reporters early Thursday morning.

“We are devastated,” Kimbrough said. “For us to have never lost an officer before this was a phenomenal streak of good luck. And good luck, like everything else, has its time and its limits.”

Outside the hospital, Channel 2 Action News interviewed Joyce Daly, the slain officer’s mother.

“He loved his job,” Joyce Daly told the station. “He was a Christian, and that’s what is helping me get through all of this. He just wanted to help people.”

Daly said she was still in shock over the loss of her son, the oldest of six children.

“He took care of them, he took care of us, he just did everything for us and for me and everything,” she said.

Kimbrough said Daly was staunchly devoted to his family.

“Several times we had discussed assignments and opportunities he could’ve taken to advance his career,” he said. “But his first thought was always his family, and we admired him and respected him for that.”

And Daly’s enthusiasm for policing was an influence on his son, who is a Fayette County deputy.

Bun, however, has had a clouded past that authorities hope to sort out through juvenile records.

“There’s a lot of very sketchy information about him at this point,” Kimbrough said. “I’m sure that there will be a picture that develops of him in more detail as time goes on.”

The teen, wanted for an unrelated armed robbery, was pulled over by the 25-year law enforcement veteran around 3 p.m.

Deputies from the sheriff’s fugitive squad were looking to serve an arrest warrant on Bun and spotted him getting into a car near his home near Church Street, Kimbrough said.

From their unmarked car, the fugitive team members followed arrest protocol and called for a patrol car to make a traffic stop.

Daly was one of the deputies in that patrol car.

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