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Wounded deputy on the mend


A deputy who was wounded in the neck during a shootout that left an armed suspect critically wounded was released mid-week from a hospital, the sheriff’s department reported.

The shootout occurred around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment complex in the 21300 block of Bottletree Lane, said Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The suspect, a 29-year-old man whose name was not immediately released, was hospitalized in critical condition. A boy, whose age was withheld, was taken into custody for questioning.

A woman had called authorities to report that someone pointed a gun at her as she was getting out of her vehicle, the sheriff’s department reported.

The suspect fled near the pool area of the apartment complex, and deputies also learned that there was a possible second suspect.

“When deputies arrived on scene, they contacted the victim and began a search for the suspects,” according to a sheriff’s statement. “One of the suspects, who was located in the parking area near the pool, fired his handgun towards the deputies and a deputy-involved shooting occurred. Four deputies were involved in the incident, one of (whom) suffered a gunshot wound to the neck.”

The gunman was wounded at least once in the upper body, the sheriff’s department reported.

The second suspect, the male juvenile, was found in a one of the apartments and was detained for questioning, but was not arrested.

The wounded deputy was rushed to a hospital by fellow deputies, according to reports from the scene.