Walker County deputy shot in the line of duty

Walker County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sgt. Thomas Agredano was shot in the line of duty during a domestic violence response call on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. The sergeant sustained an injury to his leg, but he was treated and released from Erlanger Hospital and is now in stable condition.

A Walker County sheriff’s deputy was shot during the patrol dispatch response to a Rossville domestic call on Sunday night, Aug 11, according to Sheriff Steve Wilson.

The shooting occurred slightly before 9:30 p.m. when officers were called to the scene about an unwanted party at the residence off Claire Street.

When deputies arrived, the man was sitting on the porch, according to the sheriff. It was reported by News Channel 9 that he had a weapon in his lap at the time deputies arrived.

Walker deputy Sgt. Agredano engaged the suspect in conversation, as is protocol, but the 47-year-old suspect, Sherman Travis Thomas, told the deputy to leave before suddenly brandishing his weapon and opening fire upon him.

As Sgt. Agredano and Deputy Coppack retreated for cover they also returned fire, but Sgt. Agredano was shot in the leg during the exchange, the Walker County sheriff said.

The suspect was shot multiple times.

Sgt. Agredano and the suspect were both immediately transported to Erlanger Hospital for treatment. And the Sgt. was treated and released early Monday morning, Aug. 12.

After undergoing surgery, the suspect remains in critical condition, according to the sheriff.

As in all deputy-related shootings, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations was called in to investigate, per protocol.

The GBI said that this was the 50th deputy/officer-related shooting investigated by their agency for 2019.

More information will be provided as the Messenger has updates.

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