UPDATE: Suspect charged following shooting Muscogee Co. sheriff’s deputy on Sandfort Rd. in Phenix City
PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WTVM) - A Muscogee County sheriff’s deputy was shot early Thursday morning in Phenix City.
The incident happened near the intersection of Sandfort Road and 12th Avenue at approximately 6 a.m.
Phenix City police were called to the area of Sandfort Road in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival officers discovered a male with a gunshot wound to the head, in a vehicle that had struck a guardrail.
According to Muscogee County Sheriff Greg Countryman, the deputy was shot while on his way to work. Sheriff Countryman says someone pulled up beside the deputy and fired multiple shots - one striking the deputy.
The deputy is in surgery and is expected to survive. Sheriff Countryman says it’s a non-life threatening injury.
It was discovered that a second vehicle was involved in a traffic crash in the 1200 block of Sandfort Road. The driver exited the vehicle and ran into the woods.
The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Jasmine Lamar Richardson. Richardson turned himself in and is now in custody.
Richardson is charged with attempted murder, assault first degree and felony leaving the scene of a traffic crash.
He will be held at the Russell County Jail, pending a preliminary hearing.
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