UPDATE: 12:45 pm: The GBI says home-surveillance video from Ralph Elrod's home shows him killing one Peach County officer and critically wounding another.
This afternoon, J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the GBI's Perry office, took reporters on a tour of Sunday's shooting scene.
He said when officers Patrick Sondron and Daryl Smallwood arrived at Elrod's home around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, they had a brief, 10- to 20-second conversation.
Elrod "walked out and walked right up to them," said Ricketson.
But when officers moved to arrest him, RIcketson said, he opened fire on them at short range with a handgun.
"I don't think they had any opportunity to do anything," he said.
Soon after, three Byron officers responded to the scene, and Elrod fired more shots, this time with a rifle. One of those officers fired back, wounded Elrod.
Ricketson also noted a "Think Blue Line" sticker on Elrod's mailbox, indicating support for police.
He declined to discuss that, saying he would comment further after Elrod is arrested. The suspect remains hospitalized at the Medical Center-Navicent Health.
Ricketson said as many as 50 officers from four GBI posts have been scene collecting evidence. He thanks some local businesses that provided lunches and water bottles for them.
The GBI says the man suspected of killing one Peach County deputy and critically wounding another Sunday fired more than 50 shots during the shootout.
J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the GBI's Perry office, says investigators have found more than 50 shells on Ralph Elrod's property, and they believe they were all fired yesterday.
He also said deputy Patrick Sondron, who was killed, and Daryl Smallwood, who was wounded, were both wearing body armor when shot by Elrod.
NEW INFORMATION: Elrod was also wearing some type of body armor, Ricketson said. From the looks of the shell casings, Ricketson said it appears Elrod was firing a handgun and then went back into his home to get a long gun. One of the Peach officers was able to pull out his gun, but was able to get off a shot, Ricketson said. Three Byron officers arrived on the scene, fired multiple shots, one striking Elrod in the abdomen.
Smallwood remains in critical condition at the Medical Center-Navicent Health Monday morning.
The shooting apparently resulted from a complaint that Elrod pointed his weapon at two people riding ATVs near his home Sunday.
Elrod has owned the home at 168 Hardison Road for about four and a half years, according to Peach County tax records. He bought the 1,800-square-foot, brick home for $168,000. It sits on nearly 3 acres.
Some neighbors who said they didn't know Elrod, told 13WMAZ that ATVs in nearby woods has become common on weekends recently.