Burke County Deputy fired after responding to burglary while off duty

Burke County

UPDATE: 3:20 PM | RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – Around 2:30am Richmond County Deputies responded to the 1000 block of Caddenwoods Dr. in reference to a burglary involving an off duty Burke County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, who was firing a personal weapon at the suspect.

Around 2:00am, Deputy Gardner was contacted by a neighbor regarding a possible burglary. Deputy Gardener drove to the residence and noticed the door was open. He drew his personal weapon and entered the residence and began a search.

When Deputy Gardener went downstairs he saw a man leaving the yard and jumping the back fence. Gardener shot at the burglar multiple times. The suspect was not armed.

Deputy Gardner called 911 and waited for Richmond County Deputies to arrive. RCSO deputies brought in a canine unit to search the area, but no one was found.

Captain Jason Vinson questioned Deputy Green about the incident. Gardener said he repeatedly shot at the unarmed burglar fleeing the property. Captain Vinson noted Deputy Gardner smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated.

Captain Gardner was given an alco-sensor test after the interview to test his alcohol level which showed a positive reading.

Chief Deputy Blanchard and Captain Vinson met with Deputy Gardener and reviewed his statement. Based on the investigation, Gardner was terminated.


RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – A Burke County Deputy is on unpaid leave after a reported burglary at their home.

Richmond County Officers responded to the reported burglary on the 1000 block of Caddenwoods Drive around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

The homeowner, BCSO Deputy Andra Gardner was home alone when he reportedly fired his weapon more than once at the suspect in the backyard.

Burke County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division is now following up on the investigation.

Deputy Gardner is on unpaid leave until the investigation is complete.

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