EASTMAN, Ga. – The Latest on the killing of a police officer in Eastman, Georgia (all times local):
A Florida sheriff says a man charged with killing a Georgia police officer over the weekend was arrested after deputies found the suspect hiding in the trunk of his sister's car.
Twenty-four-year-old Royheem Delshawn Deeds was apprehended about 1 a.m. Monday during a traffic stop in Nassau County, Florida. He is charged with murder in the Saturday shooting of 31-year-old Eastman Patrol Officer Tim Smith.
Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said U.S. marshals alerted his department overnight that Deeds might be traveling in a gold Nissan Altima headed for Gainesville, Florida. A deputy spotted the car early Monday and stopped it.
The sheriff says Deeds' sister, 22-year-old Franshawn Deeds, was driving with one passenger, 32-year-old Jamil Marquis Mitchell. Leeper says deputies searched the car and found Royheem Deeds in the trunk.
Authorities in south Georgia say a man accused of fatally shooting a police officer has been arrested.
The Telfair County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on its website that 24-year-old Royheem Delshawn Deeds was in custody. The website of the Nassau County Sheriff's Office in Florida says Deeds was booked into jail just before 3 a.m. Monday.
Authorities say Deeds killed Eastman Patrol Officer Tim Smith about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in a residential area of that city, which is about 60 miles southeast of Macon.
Authorities say the 31-year-old Smith was responding to a suspicious person call when he encountered Deeds, exited his patrol car and was shot.
The sheriff's office statement did not provide any additional details on the arrest, and it wasn't immediately clear whether Deeds has an attorney.
Smith had been with the Eastman Police Department since 2011 and was a father of three.
Smith was white, and Deeds is black.