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Missing Richmond County deputy has been found

John Sharkey
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Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 5:05 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Officials say a Richmond County deputy has been found after he fled in his car following a welfare check.

Over the weekend, family members of Deputy John Sharkey reached out to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office after Sharkey made comments that made them concerned for his well-being.

A bulletin was issued for Sharkey as a possible suicidal subject because his location was unknown at the initial time of that call.

His personal vehicle was located in Columbia County by Columbia County deputies on Sunday. When they attempted to make a welfare check, Sharkey fled the scene, authorities said.

The pursuit led into Richmond County and was terminated at the South Carolina state line.

At 9:40 p.m. on Monday, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said Sharkey had been found.

An internal affairs investigation is currently ongoing.

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