Sam Driskell has been named as one of the people found dead inside a home in Paulding County, Georgia. He had been a long serving sheriff’s deputy in the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. On January 6, officers in Hiram were called to rural home in the Atlanta suburb of Hiram. There, they made the gruesome discovery, four people had been shot dead.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Driskell Was Killed in His Sleep
In total, four dead bodies were found inside of Driskell’s home on Ridge Road in Hiram, Georgia, on the afternoon of January 6. Driskell had been shot in the head. According to police, he was in his bed when officers found him. Driskell was asleep when he was shot.
2. Driskell Worked in the Crimes Against Children Unit
According to a Hiram Patch article from September 2014, Driskell was commended for his “exemplary service” to the Crimes Against Children Unit and the Juvenile Division of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office said in a release around the time of Driskell’s commendation that he had been with the department for nine years. The Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge told the media, “He’s here early, he leaves late. He works for free. He’s been recognized by the GBI. He can’t be replaced.” You can watch Gulledge’s press conference above.
3. His Wife Was Also Found Dead at the Home
Five people lived at the home, Driskell, along with his wife, two sons, and daughter. Some of the children were his stepchildren, reports CBS Atlanta. The station reports that Driskell’s wife was 36-year-old Muachin. She was found dead as was the couple’s 12-year-old daughter, Carolyn, and 21-year-old stepson, Felix Almonte.
4. He Was Killed With His Own Gun
A neighbor told WSB-TV that she heard gunshots coming from the house on the night of January 5. The gun used in the attack is believed to have been Corporal Driskell’s service weapon.
5. The Suspect Is His Stepson
Police believe Sam Driskell was killed by his 21-year-old stepson, Felix Almonte.