Ga. Hospital Shooting Injures Officer

The officer was shot in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery.

A sheriff’s deputy responding to an active shooter report at a Georgia hospital is in stable condition after being shot in the leg Dec. 18.

The suspect in that shooting, Akeem Woodard, was arrested around 9 p.m. inside Fairview Hospital in Dublin, Georgia, and no other injuries were reported.

Multiple officers arrived at the hospital after the active shooter report, eventually making contact with the suspect on the outside perimeter of the hospital.

The officers briefly exchanged gunfire with the man and the deputy was struck in the leg, according to 13wmaz.com.

“The suspect came out, encountered the officers and fired some shots,” Dublin Police Chief Tim Chatman said at a Sunday news conference.

Although the suspect was not wounded, he was taken into custody shortly after the deputy was shot and is being held in Laurens County Jail.

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Chatman said Woodard had been treated at the hospital earlier in the week.

“He had been there Thursday and stayed overnight because of some issues he was having,” Chatman said. “We don’t know why he came back.”

Fairview Hospital was open the day after the shooting although an investigation near the front entrance is ongoing.

Woodard, 28, was charged with aggravated assault and obstructing a police officer among other charges related to the shooting.

Meanwhile, Chatman praised local law enforcement agencies for their response.

“We’re certainly fortunate that all of our agencies were able to work together flawlessly,” Chatman said. “We did an excellent job on our command post, making sure we were tracking who is doing what.”

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