Authorities in Georgia say a suspect has been arrested after a sheriff’s deputy was shot in the face during a traffic stop south of Atlanta.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor tells WTVM-TV that 24-year-old Joe Lee Garrett was arrested just hours after the shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Police say Garrett turned himself in and was transported to Russell County Jail. He is being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, and is currently being held as a fugitive from justice in relation to the shooting.
No other arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation.
Police s previously said three people were inside a 1994 blue Chevrolet Caprice on I-85 southbound, about 80 miles south of downtown Atlanta, when they were stopped by the deputy. It was not immediately known why the sheriff’s deputy stopped the car.
The deputy suffered a single shot to the face, above the left eye, while walking up to the vehicle Jolley said.
He was rushed to a hospital and is being treated. The condition of the deputy was not immediately known Saturday night.