Manhunt for suspect in Georgia shooting ends in Florida

By Faye Higbee

The manhunt ended for the suspect wanted by authorities for shooting Eastman, Georgia Officer Tim Smith. Royheem Deeds was booked into in Nassau County jail in Florida on Monday. Police found him hiding in the trunk of his sister’s car.

We previously reported the shooting.

Royheem Delshawn Deeds, 24  was arrested  3 a.m. Monday after police responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle. Police stopped the vehicle as it was headed toward Gainesville.


Royheem Delshawn Deeds- Nassau county photo


Franshawn Deeds- Nassau county photo

AJC reported,

Franshawn Deeds, Royheem Deeds’ sister, was driving the vehicle, Leeper said. Her boyfriend, Jamil Mitchell, was in the passenger’s seat.

Franshawn Deeds, 22, and Mitchell, 32, both of Lumber City, were arrested for hiding a fugitive, Leeper said. All three suspects are awaiting extradition to Georgia.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released a photo of the suspect  to law enforcement agencies shortly after they were able to determine who might have shot Officer Tim Smith. The location of Deeds arrest is about 150 miles southeast of Eastman, Georgia.

Officer Smith was not wearing a protective vest, nor a body camera according to authorities.

The GBI had originally offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, and the U.S. Marshall’s office added $5,000, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.


Photo credit- GBI

Smith had been with the Eastman police department for over 5 years. Monday would have been Officer Smith’s 31st birthday.

According to CNN,

He leaves behind two sons, a daughter and a stepson, his fiancée Chelsea Clark told CNN. Smith would have turned 31 on Monday, she said.
They had been a couple for two years.
“We were engaged. We were trying to get on our feet before getting married,” she said, explaining that Smith always hugged her and his children and told them he loved them every day before work.