Tragic Loss for Spalding County Sheriff’s Office: Sergeant Marc McIntyre Killed in Line of Duty


🚔 The Gist: Sergeant Marc McIntyre of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call in Griffin.

🚨 The Details: On December 29, 2023, Sergeant McIntyre and another deputy were dispatched to a residence on Deason Road for a welfare check. According to the GBI, upon arrival, they were fired upon by Todd Harper, 57, from inside the house. McIntyre was shot in the head and later died from his injuries. The situation escalated into a standoff, ending with Harper’s arrest.

🏠 In Context: According to local media reports, Harper had a history of encounters with law enforcement, including a barricade incident in January 2021. He was a military veteran known to struggle with mental health issues. On this occasion, Harper’s wife had sought help from a neighbor, citing domestic threats, which led to the 911 call and the subsequent tragedy.

🔒 Why It Matters: The loss of Sergeant McIntyre, a 12-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and an Army veteran who served in Iraq, is a significant blow to the Spalding County community. His leadership and dedication to service are remembered by colleagues and community members alike.

🕊️ What’s Next?: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is conducting a thorough investigation into the shooting. Harper is currently in custody, charged with murder. Meanwhile, the law enforcement community and local residents mourn the loss of Sergeant McIntyre, reflecting on the dangers officers face and the impact of such incidents on public safety and community well-being.

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