On 12/19/14 BCSO patrol deputies received a lookout from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office on Randall Joey Futch Jr, the suspect in a homicide in that county, along with a vehicle belonging to the victim which Futch had stolen, a Buick Century. On 12/21/14, Sgt Rey Rodriguez was actively patrolling the area of SR 119 near Eldora when he observed the Buick Century being driven by Futch. Since BCSO patrol shifts operate with so few deputies, Sgt Rodriguez’s nearest backup was several minutes away. Deciding to risk a traffic stop by himself rather than risking the murder suspect escaping, Sgt Rodriguez stopped Futch near the Stilson Elementary School, ordering him to the ground using his patrol rifle. Futch complied and was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and later released to Liberty County deputies. The stolen vehicle was towed to the Sheriff’s Office for processing by the GBI.
Sheriff Anderson commends Sgt Rodriguez for his actions in arresting Futch. Sgt Rodriguez has been awarded BCSO’s Meritorious Service Ribbon for his bravery in effecting the arrest. In 2010, he received BCSO’s Medal of Valor for his actions after a Statesboro Police officer was shot and wounded by a suspect near Rucker Lane in Statesboro. Rodriguez’s dedication to duty is a reflection of the actions taken daily by understaffed BCSO patrol deputies in responding to all manner of calls for service. They are the backbone of this agency and serve the citizens of Bulloch County each day with honor.