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Georgia Deputy Fighting For Life After Woman Shoots Her On Domestic Disturbance Call

Hoschton, GA – A Georgia deputy is fighting for her life after being shot by a female suspect while investigating a domestic disturbance Friday night.

The attack occurred in the 6400-block of Georgia 124 at approximately 9:20 p.m. on Nov. 5, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said in a press release.

Jackson County deputies responded to the residence after receiving a 911 call about a homeowner who wanted someone who didn’t live there to be removed.

When the two deputies arrived, they were met at the front door by a woman, according to investigators.

The woman then allegedly pulled a gun and pointed it at them, the GBI said.

The deputies ordered her to drop her weapon, but the suspect opened fire on them, according to the GBI.

One of the deputies, later identified as Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Deputy Lena Marshall, was shot multiple times in the attack, WXIA reported.

The second deputy returned fire, killing the armed suspect.

The GBI later identified the suspect as 43-year-old Jessica Worsham.

Additional details regarding the shooting have not been released.

Deputy Marshall was rushed to a trauma center, where she remains in critical condition, according to the GBI.

Sources told KXIA the wounded deputy is fighting to survive.

“Please be in prayer for our injured Deputy, the family, along with all the shift and coworkers of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office,” Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said in a Facebook post early Saturday morning.

Deputy Marshall is also a mother, Sheriff Magnum said in a follow-up post on Sunday.

“First thing in the morning we will be opening an account for donations for her kids at a local bank,” the sheriff wrote.

State police are handling the ongoing investigation into the shooting.

The findings will be forwarded to the Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review, the GBI 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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