Richmond County "Deputy of the Year" fired

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

Deputy Austin Shepherd named 2014 Deputy of the Year (RCSO Facebook page)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) - The Richmond County Deputy named "Deputy of the Year" just last week, has been fired.

According to the Sheriff's office, an investigation into Deputy Austin Shepherd was launched just last week.

Officials say Shepherd was fired Tuesday for "activities that may be considered a violation of his Oath of Office."

Shepherd, a five year-veteran of the agency has been honored days ago for his dedication and compassion during the course of duty. The agency says Shepherd made 19 felony arrests from burglaries, narcotics and even weapons offenses.

Tuesday afternoon we tried to reach him about his firing but someone at the home told us that he would not comment.

Shepherd worked under former sheriff Ronnie Strength. He says he remembers the former deputy being involved in a shooting in 2011
after a suspected burglar confronted him with a crowbar.

Shepherd was placed on desk duty at the time while GBI investigated.

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