Lilburn Police Department Patch


Lilburn Police Department

Media Contact:
Capt. Thomas Bardugon
Office: 770-638-2218, mobile: 404-516-0653

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Dec. 5, 2017

The man charged in the 2016 shooting death of a Walmart loss prevention officer has pleaded guilty to murder charges. 

On April 10, 2016, Boaz Anthony Fordyce was stopped by a supervisor and loss prevention officer as he attempted to steal several widescreen televisions from the Walmart at 4004 Lawrenceville Hwy. in Lilburn. As Fordyce was being detained, he pulled out a pistol, shot and killed the Walmart loss prevention officer, JD Ferguson. 

Fordyce fled but was arrested two days later as he attempted to recover the firearm used in the murder. Numerous tips from the public and the hard work of the Lilburn Police investigators were instrumental in the identification of the perpetrator and his speedy detainment.

On Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, Fordyce entered a plea of guilty to Murder (malice murder); 2 counts of Felony Murder; 1 count of Aggravated Assault; 1 count of Felony Theft by Shoplifting, and Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony. His plea resulted in a sentence of life imprisonment.
Chief Hedley said “This guilty plea was a direct result of the fine work of the Lilburn Investigators, the GBI Crime Scene Investigators who collected and processed the evidence at the scene, and the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office that put this case together and prepared it for a trial. It is our hope that the successful end of this case helps to bring some sense of closure to the Ferguson family.”

Photo of Fordyce 


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