Malice-and felony-murder charges were filed Thursday in Clayton County Magistrate Court against a Riverdale teenager accused in Wednesday's fatal shooting of a Clayton County sheriff's deputy.
Veasna Jonathan Bun, 17, is charged with murder in the death of Deputy Richard Joseph Daly, 55, of Pike County. If convicted, Bun could face the death penalty. It was unclear Thursday if he has an attorney.
The warrants were issued the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said Spokesman John Bankhead. The GBI is investigating the shooting as requested Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough, he said.
Bun could make his first court appearance Saturday in Magistrate Court, where he will hear his charges, learn his rights to a public defender and find out his next court dates.
He is being held in the Henry County Jail as a courtesy to Kimbrough. Henry Sheriff Keith McBrayer said he wanted to take the burden of housing the accused killer of a deputy off of the facility [the Clayton County Jail] staffed Daly's co-workers.
"Sheriff Kimbrough's deputies shouldn't have to deal with this inmate, due to the killing of one of his deputies," said McBrayer. "We are sorry for his loss and we will do anything to assist his department at this time. When a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty, it affects all law enforcement officers, because we all work together."
Daly was trying to arrest Bun on felony warrants about 3 p.m., Wednesday, when Bun allegedly opened fire, hitting Daly above and below his body armor, said Kimbrough. Daly was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center where he died.
Bun fled the scene, sparking a massive manhunt in the East Fayetteville-Walker Road area of Riverdale. Officers and deputies from all over Clayton and metro Atlanta swarmed the area on foot, in cars and from the air, before finding Bun five-and-a-half hours later, less than a mile away, at the end of a cul-de-sac on Lake End Road.
Bun was wanted for armed robbery and aggravated assault in a January incident at a Forest Park store. He was 16 years old when, police said, he allegedly forced a clerk at gunpoint into an office and stole $200 cash.
He was also facing misdemeanor charges of loitering, criminal trespass and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana in Clayton State Court, and was set for arraignment Aug. 2.
Bun's brother, Thang Bun, was convicted in October 2007 in Clayton Superior Court on three counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and reckless conduct. Thang Bun, 22, served 10 months in state prison on a two-year sentence. He was released in October 2008. The following September, he survived a shot in the head at the QT convenience store in Riverdale.
After Wednesday's deadly shooting, accolades and condolences began posting online on Facebook, and web sites dedicated to fallen officers. Daly began his more than 20 years in law enforcement at the Clayton County Police Department, going to the sheriff's office when Kimbrough was elected in 2008.
Local attorney Keith Martin said Daly was a former investigator for Martin when Martin was Solicitor General of Clayton County, but was also a friend. Martin remembered that Daly was honored as officer of the year when he worked for the Clayton County Police Department.
"A lot already has been written, and more will, about Rick Daly," said Martin. "He was assigned to my office as an investigator/liaison for a year or so, and was a pleasure to work with."
Martin said Daly and Daly's son, now a Fayette County sheriff's deputy, used to scuba-dive together years ago.
"I never remember seeing Rick without a smile," he said.
–– Staff writer Elaine Rackley contributed to this report.