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Ga. Sheriff-Elect Killed in Ambush

December 16, 2000

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) _ A man who was to be sworn in as county sheriff on Monday was shot and killed outside his home in what police called an ambush.

Darwin Brown, 46, was shot several times Friday after arriving home following a party celebrating his graduation from a sheriff’s training academy, police said.

Brown’s wife and five children had driven home separately and were inside when they heard shots. They found Brown lying on the driveway.

Brown had promised to clean up corruption in the department, and last month had told 38 employees that they would be fired on Jan. 1, police said.

Robbery did not appear to be a motive, said DeKalb County Public Safety Director Thomas Brown, who is not related to the sheriff-elect.

No one had been arrested as of Saturday morning. Authorities offered a $25,000 reward.

Darwin Brown, a former DeKalb County police captain, was elected sheriff in an August runoff after an acrimonious campaign against incumbent Sheriff Sidney Dorsey.

Dorsey was under investigation for allegedly using on-duty deputies to work for his private security company and letting jail inmates work in a home repair program run by his wife, Atlanta City Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey. He was also accused of having the sheriff’s staff lawyer do private legal work for him.

Dorsey maintains he did nothing wrong.

A replacement for Brown will have to be appointed by the governor until a special election can be held.

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