FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP/Circa) — Dashcam video has surfaced of two sheriff's deputies approaching a 59-year-old who was accused of pointing a gun at his neighbor's nephews.
Ralph Stanley Elrod, who is heading to prison for life after he pleaded guilty in the 2016 slayings of two sheriff's deputies, is seen shooting the officer who speaks to him. Afterwards, he engages in a gun fight with responding officers before surrendering to authorities.
Elrod pleaded guilty to malice murder and other crimes before a judge in Peach County southwest of Macon. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole in a plea deal with prosecutors. News outlets reported Elrod would have faced a possible death sentence if his case went to trial.
Prosecutors said Elrod fatally shot Peach County deputies Daryl Smallwood and Patrick Sondron on Nov. 6, 2016.
District Attorney David Cooke said Elrod later told investigators he shot the deputies because he "did not want to go to jail."