Two DCSO deputies injured in Saturday shooting, one in critical condition

Lieutenant Justin Bedwell is the deputy that was critically injured in the Saturday evening...
Lieutenant Justin Bedwell is the deputy that was critically injured in the Saturday evening shooting.(WCTV)
Published: Feb. 27, 2021 at 11:42 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2021 at 5:06 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - UPDATE: Lieutenant Justin Bedwell is the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was critically injured in the Saturday evening shooting.

Bedwell has with the agency for 19 years.

He is currently in the hospital in Tallahassee.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - UPDATE: As of 1:30 p.m., DCSO Sheriff Wiley Griffin says the suspect has been apprehended.

UPDATE - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021, 1:30 PM SUSPECT HAS BEEN APPREHENDED!!!

Posted by Wiley Griffin on Sunday, February 28, 2021

After fleeing into a wooded area,. one of the men, Wade Phillips, was captured. He followed deputies orders and did not resist the arrest.

Both suspects are now in custody.

Following a brief manhunt, Troy Arthur Phillips, who was armed with a high powered rifle and a bullet proof vest, was also taken into custody.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - UPDATE: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now investigating this shooting.

According to GBI, information indicates that the Seminole County deputy was attempting to conduct a traffic stop on two suspects, one later identified as Troy Arthur Phillips, driving in a white 2500 Chevrolet pickup truck with a Florida tag for reckless driving.

The men refused to stop and a chase ensued. A second deputy joined the pursuit and the suspects began to fire a weapon from the truck in the direction of Seminole County deputies. Seminole County deputies returned fire.

The deputies continued the chase into Decatur County, where addition DCSO deputies joined the pursuit.

The suspects drove into the driveway of a Decatur County residence and attempted to gain entry by shooting through the door.

The homeowner returned fire and the suspects left the residence.

As a Decatur County deputy was arriving in the area, one of the suspects shot at the deputy’s vehicle, striking the deputy.

The deputy is in critical condition and is currently at a local hospital for surgery and treatment.

The suspects fled in their truck and wrecked a short time later in a wooded area. A Georgia State Patrol helicopter and crew responded to the area of the wrecked truck. One of the two suspects, identified as Brad Phillips, age 41, was taken into custody without further incident. Brad Phillips has been charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer.

Phillips remains at large and an active manhunt is underway by multiple local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. Phillips is wanted for Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer.

“This is an active and ongoing investigation,” GBI said. A $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Troy Philips is now being offered.

If anyone comes in contact with Phillips, GBI advises to not approach him. He is considered armed and dangerous. Instead, contact the Decatur County 911 center or local law enforcement with information.

Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - UPDATE: Two deputies were injured in a Saturday night incident near Brinson, according to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Investigator Elijah McCoy said one deputy suffered minor injuries, while another is in critical condition.

One suspect, Troy Phillips, remained missing Sunday, according to McCoy. DCSO believes he may still be in the Brinson area.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A Decatur County deputy was shot Saturday night in Brinson, according to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Chief Investigator Elijah McCoy, the incident happened in Brinson, along GA 310 near U.S. 84 around 8:30 p.m.

The DCSO deputy was assisting the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office with a pursuit when the suspect’s vehicle entered Decatur County, McCoy said.

The deputy was inside his vehicle when he was shot. McCoy said the deputy was taken to a hospital, but couldn’t provide a condition update.

The agency has arrested one suspect in connection to this shooting, but they have a BOLO for another.

Troy Arthur Phillips should be considered possibly armed and dangerous, deputies said.

UPDATE - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021, 1:30 PM SUSPECT HAS BEEN APPREHENDED!!! UPDATE - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021, 8:40 AM...

Posted by Wiley Griffin on Saturday, February 27, 2021

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