AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Deputies in Augusta are mourning the loss of one of their own. Richmond County Narcotics Investigator Cecil Ridley was shot and killed on Tuesday around 9 p.m.
Officials say it started when 24-year-old Alvin Theodore Hester Jr. went inside of an Augusta Mart store and was approached by a member of law enforcement.
Hester attempted to leave the store as Ridley was coming in. The suspect then approached and shot Ridley, according to law enforcement.
The other officer returned fire inside the store. Officials say Hester then made his way to the parking lot where he encountered another officer and raised his gun.
Both officers fired at Hester, hitting him. The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment where he remains at this time.
A total of two officers fired at Hester. Ridley was unable to return fire and died as a result of his injuries.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), now leading the investigation, has secured warrants for Hester on charges including murder and aggravated assault.
Ridley was a decorated member of the sheriff’s office working with the narcotics unit for many years. He is remembered as a loving father.