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Community Remembers Officer Killed In Line Of Duty

While Monday was the day to remember the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it was also a day that local law enforcement and their families; and the community were reminded of the risks taken to be a police officer.
 
15-years ago Monday, Captain Robbie Bishop of the Villa Rica Police Department was shot and killed while writing a citation during a traffic stop along I-20.
 
Captain Bishop was a well-known drug interdiction officer in the state of Georgia who had set state records on interstate drug seizures.
 
“He was known all over the country—he was one of the best ever in drug interdiction,” VRPD Police Chief Michael Mansour said Monday. “He taught classes, he made videos. We still hear from officers all over the country that want a video of his because he was so good at his job.”

Mansour was not with the department at the time of the incident in 1999 but says he is well aware of Bishop’s work.
 
“He was well respected around here—did an awesome job in helping curtail some of the drug activity,” Mansour said. “He was definitely one of the best I’ve ever heard.”
 
The suspect accused in the shooting fled and was captured near Toronto, Canada, in early February 1999.
 
In 2001, he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.
 
Bishop was 35 years old at the time of his death.
 
A memorial is in place in his honor on Interstate-20 westbound mile 18. 
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