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Sheriff Ashley Paulk
Lowndes County Sheriff's Office
120 Prison Farm Road
Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: (229) 671-2900
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Deputy Sheriff Michael Butler was killed in an automobile crash while responding to a domestic battery call. Deputy Butler's lights and sirens were activated when a semi-truck tried to make a right turn and the front of the semi crossed the center line into the path of Deputy Butler's patrol car. After the impact, the patrol car caught fire. The driver of the semi pulled Deputy Butler out of the burning patrol car. Deputy Butler was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Deputy Butler is the fourth law enforcement officer to be killed in an automobile crash in 2017 and the third officer fatality from the state of Georgia.