UPDATE: Richmond County investigator Cecil Ridley killed in officer involved shooting

UPDATE: Richmond County investigator Cecil Ridley killed in officer involved shooting
Shooting on MLK Blvd. at 12th St. (Source: R.S. Brown)

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is on the scene and investigating after a Richmond County Narcotics Investigator died after a shooting at the Augusta Mart on Martin Luther King Blvd. at 12th Street.

The sheriff’s office tells FOX 54 that Investigator Cecil Ridley was conducting a proactive patrol in the neighborhood when the shooting occurred. They say the call came in on Nov. 19 around 8:23 p.m. The proactive patrol is part of Sheriff Roundtree’s initiative to lower gun violence.

Inv. Cecil Ridley (left) was honored for his service with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office
Inv. Cecil Ridley (left) was honored for his service with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office (Source: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)

According to Richmond County Coroner, Mark Bowen, Inv. Ridley was shot at least one time, and was transported to Augusta University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

As a response to the loss of their officer, the sheriff’s office changed their profile picture on Facebook. It now has a blue stripe across the middle of the badge.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office changed their Facebook profile picture to show their respect to the Inv. Cecil Ridley.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office changed their Facebook profile picture to show their respect to the Inv. Cecil Ridley. (Source: The Richmond County Sheriff's Office Facebook)

The man suspected of shooting Inv. Ridley is currently in the hospital with a gunshot wound. There is no information on his identity or condition at this time.

FOX 54 was first on the scene and will keep you updated on developing details.

#BREAKINGNEWS Richmond County Sheriffs Office confirm a shooting at MLK and 12th Street. Lex Juarez WFXG is on the scene right now.

Posted by WFXG FOX 54 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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