Georgia deputy shot in Alabama while driving to work

Published 1:53 pm Thursday, October 14, 2021

A Georgia sheriff’s deputy was shot and wounded early Thursday in Alabama while driving to work, and a suspect was in custody, news outlets reported.

Someone pulled up in a vehicle beside a car driven by a Muscogee County deputy at an intersection in Phenix City and opened fire about 6 a.m., Sheriff Greg Countryman said.

One of the multiple shots struck the officer in the back, he said. The deputy is expected to survive but was taken into surgery, according to Countryman.

Jasmine Lamar Richardson, 31, surrendered later at the Phenix City Police Department, the sheriff’s department said.. There was no immediate word on charges or a possible motive.

Phenix City is located across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia, the seat of Muscogee County.