Georgia deputy injured in Douglas County shooting released from hospital

From the Associated Press

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia deputy shot in the chest, shoulder and back while responding to a shooting a day earlier has been released from a hospital and is recovering at home, authorities said Thursday.

“My deputy is doing fine. I want to thank God and the vest that saved his life, but he’s at home and doing well,” Douglas County Sheriff Tim Pounds told WSB-TV.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Walter Jackson Sr., 66, was killed and two others, including the alleged shooter, were injured at a home in Douglas County during the incident, which started about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Inside the home, deputies found a woman who was shot. She told them the shooter, identified by police as Jonathan Christian Roman, 27, of Douglasville, Georgia, was in another room. Deputies then found Roman and continued to give commands of “show me your hands,” the GBI said in a statement.

Roman shot the deputy and retreated briefly before emerging and shooting again at the deputy who was on the ground, according to the GBI. Deputies returned fire, hitting Roman.

Roman was listed as stable at an area hospital, the agency said.

“My brother, he is stable and he’s conscious, but he was shot multiple times,” Ashley Budahazy told WSB-TV.

“My nanna was hit in the crossfire on the way to her room while holding my daughter,” she added.

Budahazy said her daughter was not injured. The woman’s condition was not immediately available.

The shooting remains under investigation. The GBI said it will turn over its findings to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office for review.