Griffin, Spalding County, GA (December 29, 2023) –  The GBI is investigating the death of a Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Deputy in Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia.  The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an investigation on December 29, 2023.  

The preliminary information indicates that on Friday, December 29, 2023, at about 11:00 a.m., the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a welfare check on Deason Road.  Upon arrival, the resident, identified as Todd Harper, age 57, fired at the responding deputies, hitting and killing a Spalding County Sheriff’s Sergeant Marc McIntyre, age 55.  Harper was taken into custody after a standoff with law enforcement. 

Harper has been arrested and charged with murder. He was booked into the Spalding County Jail. 

This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GBI Region 2/Columbus Field Office at 706-565-7888.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app. 

The GBI investigation is active and ongoing. Once complete, the case file will be given to the Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. 


Assistant Special Agent in Charge Deanna Jury