Monday marked the anniversary of the death of Villa Rica Police Captain Robbie E. Bishop, who was shot and killed in the line of duty.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office made note of the anniversary in a social media posting, saying that the officer’s legacy lives on.
On Jan. 20, 1999 — 21 years ago Monday — Bishop was conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 20 near Villa Rica. Bishop was found shot in the head by a motorist. Authorities called to the scene found that Bishop had just written a warning ticket for a man named Jeffrey McGee.
McGee’s home in Schenectady, New York, was searched by New York Police, which found several weapons, including a grenade launcher.
Law enforcement tracked McGee’s movement, from Birmingham to Los Angeles, and eventually to Canada, where he was found Feb. 4, 1999, in a Toronto doughnut shop.
At the time of his death, Bishop was employed by the Villa Rica Police Department. Monday’s statement by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office called Bishop one of the best interdiction officers in the United States.
During his time in law enforcement, Bishop assisted in the seizures of over 10,000 pounds of narcotics and over $8 million from drug traffickers. He assisted departments all over the United States, especially in the Southeast, in teaching techniques in becoming a successful interdiction officer.
On Sept. 13, a memorial plaque bearing Bishop’s name, along with 11 other names of law officers who died during active duty, was unveiled at the Carroll County Public Safety Memorial Park.
McGee remains in prison, while Bishop is immortalized through memorials, in the minds of those who knew him, and by his own son, Cody Bishop, who served as a deputy in the sheriff’s office for many years before leaving in late 2019.
“Captain Bishop was an inspiration to those around him, those who worked with him and to those who still mourn his loss today,” said the sheriff’s office in a written statement.