MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office has lost one of their own.
Deputy Anthony “TJ” Freeman was killed in traffic accident Thursday around 3 a.m. at Columbus Road and Buena Vista Drive.
He was responding to another investigator dealing with a suspicious car.
24-year-old Montavious Kinder was running away from deputies when Freeman got involved.
While Freeman was on his way to help, Kinder drove down Buena Vista Drive heading south and hit Freeman on the driver’s side.
Freeman’s car went off the road and into the front yard of a house on Columbus Road.
He was rushed to Medical Center, Navicent Health for his injuries in the collision, but died.
His K9 partner Bojar was with him, but veterinarians believe he was not injured.
Kinder went to Coliseum Northside Hospital for minor injuries.
He’s been charged with preexisting warrants.
The sheriff’s office says there are more charges to come.
The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Reconstruction Collision Team (SCRT) will handle the investigation of the wreck and any other charges.
Kinder is going to the Monroe County Jail because that’s where the SCRT is based.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating the wreck internally.
Investigator Freeman had served with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office for seven years after joining the Macon Police Department in 2009.
He was a narcotics investigator for the last five years.
He was also a SWAT officer, a K9 handler and was about to start training to become a training instructor.
He is survived by his wife, Jessica, and their two children, Braden, 11, and Blaiklyn, 6.
Sheriff Davis ordered all Bibb County Sheriff’s Office flags to fly at half-staff and is bringing in grief counselors for the department.
“TJ was a great investigator, a great deputy and a great friend to many on the department,” said Davis. “He died doing what TJ always did – trying to help a fellow deputy. Our hearts are heavy today as we lost one of our own, but we grieve especially for Jessica, Braden and Blaiklyn. TJ was a very involved father and we know this will be very, very hard for his young family.”