A vehicle pursuit in Montgomery County, Ga., ended in tragedy early Tuesday morning when Sheriff Ladson O'Connor crashed his patrol car into a tree after he lost control of his car.
A Georgia Bureau of Investigations press release says two Toombs County deputies were assisting a motorist when another vehicle approached them.
When that vehicle got close to the deputies, the driver turned the vehicle away from the deputies and attempted to leave the area.
This caused deputies to become suspicious, so they attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit began.
When the vehicle entered Montgomery County, Sheriff O'Connor began pursuing the vehicle.
During the pursuit, Sheriff O'Connor lost control of his vehicle, wrecked, and died on the scene.
The release says one of the suspects fired shots at the officers during the pursuit.
Two suspects are in custody.
O’Connor was in his first term as sheriff and was sworn in on January 2013. He leaves behind a wife and four children, WMAZ TV reports.