Friends, family gather for funeral of Georgia deputy killed in line of duty

Family, friends and law enforcement gathered together Tuesday for the funeral service of a Richmond County investigator killed in the line of duty.

Officials say 51-year-old narcotics officer Cecil Ridley was on patrol in Augusta Nov. 19 when he spotted several people at the Augusta Mart. When he approached one of the men inside the store the man, identified as 24-year-old Alvin Theodore Hester Jr., opened fire. Ridley did not have time to return fire, investigators said.

Ridley was shot at least once and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Hester was shot by officers after he left the store and raised his gun again, officials said.

Cecil Ridley (Richmond County Sheriff's Office / Facebook)

Hester has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A second suspect, Deonquez Reid, 18, of Augusta, was charged with felony tampering with evidence.

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Ridley's service was held at Warren Baptist Church at 11 a.m.

His body will then be escorted with full law enforcement honors to Bellevue Memorial Gardens and Chapel.