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Hero Down: Jackson County Deputy Lena Marshall Murdered By Female Shooter

Hoschton, GA – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Deputy Lena Marshall died in the line of duty Monday evening, three days after she was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance.

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 49-year-old Deputy 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 remained in critical condition for the next several days.

She succumbed to her wounds shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday, Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said in a Facebook post a short while later.

Deputy Marshall’s law enforcement career began in 2009, when she joined the Winder Police Department, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She later served with the Helen Police Department, the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, and the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office prior to hiring on at the JCSO in the summer of 2020.

Deputy Marshal is also a mother, Sheriff Mangum said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

A fundraising page established to help her family in the wake of their loss has raised over $43,000 so far.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Lena Marshall, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Deputy Lena Marshall, your life mattered.

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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