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RCSO Investigator & Suspect Shot at Augusta Mart Store; GBI is Called to Investigate

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The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has called in the GBI to investigate after one of its narcotics officers and a suspect was shot Tuesday at Augusta Mart convenience store.

There are reports the officer was shot in the neck and face, but that cannot be confirmed. Sheriff’s Sgt. William McCarty was choking back tears when he answered our call at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, telling us that an officer had been shot and had been transferred to Augusta University Medical Center. He said he could not say whether the officer survived.

“We do have the GBI on the way,” Sgt. McCarty said.

The Verdict Report identified the officer as Investigator Cecil Ridley (pictured), who was honored last year with five years of service. That name has not been confirmed.

A suspect, who has not been identified, was also shot and taken to the hospital. The nature of the confrontation leading to the shootings was not clear, Sgt. McCarty said.

Check back for more details.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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