Kemp Asks Public To Pray For Recovery Of Georgia Deputy Shot In Line Of Duty

On Saturday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp asked the public to pray in response to the news that a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy in Augusta had been shot on the job.

Kemp identified the deputy as Kenneth Mercer, who was honored in 2012 for blocking a woman from harm during a “dangerous standoff with a gunman who had threatened to either harm himself or officers,” according to the Augusta Chronicle.

“Marty, the girls, and I are asking all Georgians to pray for Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Mercer who was shot in the line of duty today,” the governor tweeted. “We join his loved ones and the entire law enforcement community in asking God to keep him stable and on the road to recovery.”

According to Fox 5 Atlanta, the “Richmond County Sheriff’s Office did not confirm the deputy’s identity. A spokesperson for the office released a statement saying an armed ‘subject’ and a deputy exchanged fire, hitting each other, in the 1200 block of Ellis Street at around 11:23 a.m. Saturday. The deputy was rushed to the hospital.”

“The Georgia Bureau of Investigation told FOX 5 the ‘subject,’ a man, died. The GBI says his name will be released after relatives have been notified,” the outlet added.

D & B Staff

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