According to District Attorney David Cooke who made an announcement at a scheduled news conference Deputy Daryl Smallwood died as a result of his injuries. The District Attorney did not expect to make that announcement but was informed of the passing of the Deputy as he was making statements in regard to the charges being levied against his assailant at the time.
Smallwood was shot Sunday and was on life support at Medical Center-Navicent Health in Macon. Peach County Sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick Sondron, 41, was also killed in the Sunday shooting in Byron.
The District Attorney was discussing the charges being placed against the shooter Rod Stanley Elrod at scheduled a press conference when he was advised of the Deputies death and passed along the devastating news.
Cooke stated that Elrod would ultimately face further charges for the death of Deputy Smallwood as well in the future.
Elrod remains at Navicent Health recovering from a gunshot wound. He was shot in the abdomen during a shoot out with law enforcement, according to the GBI
Smallwood and Sgt. Patrick Michael Sondron were responding to a dispute between neighbors Sunday afternoon when both were shot, according to police. Sondron, 41, died after arriving at the county hospital. Smallwood, critically injured, was on life support until his death.
Smallwood, 39, has worked for the Peach County Sheriff’s Office since 2015.
Smallwood previously worked as a deputy with the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, where deputies gathered Sunday night to hold hands and pray for his recovery. The divorced father was engaged.
Sondron served in the U.S. Air Force and loved to travel, but his legacy was to serve others.
For 13 years, he worked for the Peach County Sheriff’s Office, where he was a sergeant assigned to the patrol division and a member of the SWAT team. On Sunday, he responded to his final call. At a home near Byron, about 15 miles south of Macon, a 57-year-old man angry with neighbors pulled a gun from his waistband and fired at Sondron and a fellow deputy.
Sondron was married with three children and loved to travel, according to his online obituary. In his spare time, he loved to travel, was a pilot and drove charter buses. Sondron also loved cars, including Dodge Challengers, and was a die-cast collector.