Muscogee County Deputy Killed Sunday

The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office is in mourning, as investigators search for the killer of a deputy. Deputy Meredith Rhodes, a four year veteran with Sheriff's Office, was shot and killed early Sunday morning. The 27 year-old was off-duty.

Monday morning flags outside the Muscogee County Jail were at half staff, as the department mourns the death of Deputy Meredith Rhodes.

Rhodes was killed when gunmen opened fire on his car outside Rogers Tap Room early Sunday morning.

A senseless crime that his co-workers and friends are struggling to understand.

"He was very well-liked and respected by fellow employees, and other employees from other agencies," said Sheriff Ralph Johnson.

"He was very hard working, bright young man, just full of energy all the time," said Commander Teri Ezell.

Rhodes' superiors say he was always smiling, ready to work, and often worked overtime for others. His friends say his personal life was just the same.

"In my opinion, he had an excellent career with us, I was hoping he would never leave the sheriff's office," said Commander Ezell.

"What I see when I think of him, is leaning against my car, just smiling. I just remember that beautiful smile," said Dee Howell, Rhodes' friend.

Now Columbus police are following up on leads to track down the gunman who took the life of a fellow officer. One that won't soon be forgotten.

" The Columbus Police Department and the homicide investigators are one of the best in Georgia and the southeast, and I have total confidence and faith in them," said Sheriff Johnson.

Columbus Police are working on this case, but investigators haven't released the names of any suspects.

Meredith Rhodes leaves behind a wife and child.