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Deputy Released From Hospital After Being Shot During Attack At Tri-State Fair

Amarillo, TX – The Potter County sheriff’s deputy who was shot multiple times during an attack at the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo on Monday night has been released from the hospital to continue his recovery at home, according to the sheriff.

Potter County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Deputy William “Jake” Snyder, Potter County Firefighter Brady Carroll, and a male bystander were all wounded in the shooting, KVII reported.

Carroll and the bystander remained hospitalized on Thursday but are expected to recover, Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas told the news outlet.

The gunman was critically wounded by other deputies at the scene and remained hospitalized with life-threatening injuries on Thursday, WVII reported.

Sheriff Thomas said the attack occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on Sept. 19, according to KVII.

A group of off-duty Potter County deputies were working at the community event when a gunman suddenly opened fire on them, Sheriff Thomas said.

The sheriff noted that Deputy Snyder, a five-year veteran of the PCSO, was in full uniform and wearing his ballistic vest at the time of the attack, KFDA reported.

“[The] male suspect opened fire on the deputies, striking a deputy and an off-duty firefighter, also working at the fair, and a bystander,” Sheriff Thomas said at the time, according to ABC News.

The scene immediately turned chaotic as fairgoers scrambled to avoid the gunfire.

“People started running and screaming,” one witness told KVII.

Jonathan Archer said his father was working at a concession stand at the time of the attack and told him he saw a deputy lying on the ground just before he and his workers were told to take cover.

“He said it was just chaos whenever it happened,” Archer told KVII.

Sheriff Thomas said additional deputies returned fire, hitting the suspect and bringing the attack to an end, ABC News reported.

The Texas Rangers are handling the ongoing investigation into the incident, ABC News reported.

A motive was not immediately released.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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