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August 12-- On Saturday, August 10, 2019, at approximately 8:16 a.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Eastman Office was requested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the death of Sheriff Thomas Smith.

Sheriff Smith was discovered at a residence where he was residing in Tennille, Washington County, Georgia.

On Monday, August 12, 2019, an autopsy was completed at the GBI Headquarters Crime Lab in Decatur.

The preliminary results of the autopsy indicate that Sheriff Smith died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

If anyone has information about this investigation, please contact the GBI Eastman office at 478-374-6988.