Wayne Co. deputy arrested, fired after off-duty incident

Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 9:52 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 6:21 PM EST
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WAYNE COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - A Wayne County deputy has been charged with battery, false imprisonment, and elder abuse after an off-duty incident.

Wayne County Sheriff Chuck Moseley said it started Jan. 15 while Deputy Timothy Hedman was off duty.

According to the sheriff, Hedman said he was trying to “educate” a 78-year-old man when things got physical. Officers arrested Hedman and charged him on three counts.

Because two of those were felonies, Hedman’s authority to perform arrests has been revoked. The sheriff’s office fired him when he was served.

According to the incident report, Hedman got into a physical altercation with a 78-year-old man in the parking lot of a store. The 78-year-old man said Hedman confronted him when he was leaving because he was parked in the yellow-stripped no parking area.

The elderly man told police that Hedman told him he was a deputy, but he did not see anything that identified him as such. The man told police that Hedman followed him to his car and wouldn’t let him leave.

He then told police that he pushed Hedman to try to get into his truck, then Hedmen reportedly took him out of his truck and threw him on the ground. The officer noted cuts and bruising on the 78-year-old’s arms.

In the police report, Hedman told officers that the elderly man yelled an obscenity at him when he approached him about his illegally parked car. Hedman also told police that he did follow the man to his car, where he told him he was a deputy and he could call someone to come write him a ticket.

Hedman told officers that the elderly man kicked him in the stomach and that’s when he pulled him from the vehicle and took him to the ground.

Hedman said he held the elderly man down and called the Wayne County dispatch.

According to the incident report, officers tried to review security camera footage but due to the sun in the camera, you can’t see anything in the area where the altercation took place.