Authorities identify man killed by McDuffie County deputies

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 4:14 PM
Last updated 10:10 PM
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Authorities released the name Wednesday of a McDuffie County man killed by sheriff’s deputies in a shootout Tuesday afternoon.

Warren County Coroner Paul Lowe, who assisted McDuffie County on the case, identified the man as Roy Wayne Axon, 58, of Dearing.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, McDuffie County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2100 block of Boneville Road, for a report of an armed man holding women at gunpoint, said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s special agent in charge, Mike Ayers.

When the first deputy arrived he spotted a man and three women standing in the carport of the home. The women – Axon’s estranged wife and two of her friends – immediately fled and the man fired at the women and then at the deputy, Ayers said.

Ayers said that the deputy returned fire and that Axon retreated into the house and came out a back entrance. The deputy then saw Axon with a rifle, and more shots were exchanged.

Ayers said Axon again ran around to the front of the house and encountered a second deputy. More shots were fired, and Axon was fatally wounded, Ayers said.

Ayers said no one else was hurt in the gunfire, but Axon’s wife sustained injuries from an assault before the deputies’ arrival.

Ayers said names of the deputies involved would have to be released by Mcduffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall, who did not return messages left at his office on Wednesday.

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TrulyWorried 05/23/12 - 04:23 pm
Is there a law that requires

Is there a law that requires that deputies' names have to be divulged when they are on the job and performing their duties? Should there be a doubt, which in this matter is not the case, then I could understand it having to be done, after all the facts are in.

Tots 05/23/12 - 06:37 pm
Deputies names?

Hi Truly,i'm not seeing the deputies names being mentioned in this article..But it was updated at 5:12pm..

Ayers said names of the deputies involved would have to be released by Sheriff Logan Marshall, who did not return messages left at his office on Wednesday.
But if your saying they should have given the names of the deputies ,then i agree....

Truthbetold74 05/24/12 - 07:59 am
Deputies Names

What would it benefit anybody to release the names of the deputies at this time. It is clearly a justified shooting. These officers have families and people to worry about retaliation against. On top of the stress they now have to deal with from being involved in a shooting and taking a human life. These are very stessful times for these officers and I don't see the harm in waiting a little while, espeially since there does not seem to be a criminal case coming from the incident.

itsanotherday1 05/24/12 - 11:55 am
Dittos Truthbe

I'm not seeing any advantage in their names being released. If there were questions about the management of the incident, maybe; but this seems very clear cut.

according2me 05/24/12 - 02:59 pm

I wonder if he is related to the Axon's that own Axon's Mini Mart in Dearing?

bigclaude 05/24/12 - 03:46 pm
He was the brother of the man

He was the brother of the man who owns Axon's

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