Jasper County deputy shot after responding to domestic incident


A deputy with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office is recovering from surgery after a suspect in a domestic incident shot at the law enforcement officer and possible bullet fragments entered the eye, according to authorities.

The incident occurred early Thanksgiving morning.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1800 block of Bees Creek Road near Graham Hall for a domestic incident.

"Upon arrival, the suspect involved in the domestic began shooting at the deputies. One deputy has been struck by gunfire," the sheriff's office states. "The deputy was air lifted to Memorial Hospital in Savannah. The deputy is currently recovering from surgery where possible bullet fragments or a pellet from a shot gun shell entered the eye."

Sheriff Chris Malphrus states the suspect also shot a female in the house, who was also flown to Memorial in Savannah.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Malphrus states.

The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) will handle the investigation.

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