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Deputy Shot In Face During Ambush Attack

Milner, GA – A Lamar County deputy was shot in the face and arm by multiple shotgun blasts during an ambush attack on Saturday night.

The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. on August 8, after Lamar County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputy Justyn Weaver was dispatched to a report of a “suspicious person” in the area of Moore Street, the sheriff’s office said in a press release on Sunday.

As he pulled up in front of 109 Moore Street, Deputy Weaver “was met with numerous shotgun blasts to his vehicle,” the LCSO said.

The three-year veteran-of-the-force was hit under his left arm, under his right eye, and on the right side of his head, WXIA reported.

The gunman, later identified as 38-year-old Donald Chandler Gordy, fled the scene in a white pickup truck, according to the LCSO.

Deputy Weaver was flown to a hospital in Atlanta, where he continued to recover on Sunday.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, WXIA reported.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office (SCCSO) deputies apprehended Gordy on Interstate 20 in Alabama, according to the LCSO.

Investigators located multiple weapons inside his vehicle, WXIA reported.

An aggravated assault warrant has been issued for Gordy’s arrest, and his extradition back to Georgia is pending.

“We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Sheriff Daryll Dix and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office for sending the cavalry to assist us last night,” the LCSO said.

The sheriff’s office also thanked the Georgia State Bureau of Investigations, Georgia State Patrol, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Butts County Sheriff’s Office, Miner Police Department, Barnesville Police Department, and the SCCSO for coming to their aid.

Deputy Weaver recently received an award from Community Ambulance for heroically saving a man’s life, according to his department.

“We ask that you continue to pray for Deputy Weaver and his family,” the LCSO said.

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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Written by Holly Matkin


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