GBI: Washington County Sheriff Thomas Smith died of self-inflicted gunshot

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SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (WJBF) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has revealed that Washington County Sheriff Thomas Smith died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Washington County Commission Chairman Horace Daniel told us that Sheriff Smith was found dead at his brother’s home Saturday morning.

He also said that he had been sick recently.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI to investigate the death.

An autopsy conducted on Monday determined the official cause of death to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

We are working to find out more information, including arrangements when they are made available.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family and the Washington County community.

Smith is credited with organizing the neighborhood watch in Washington County, as well as implementing the county’s first K-9 unit.

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