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UPDATE: Catoosa Co. deputy named Officer of the Year after shot in line of duty

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CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

UPDATE:  Catoosa County Deputy, Keith Cantrell was chosen to be the Officer of the Year by the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. 

In March, Deputy Cantrell was shot in the hand while he and several other officers attempted to serve multiple felony warrants on an armed fugitive.

After being shot, Deputy Cantrell continued to struggle for control of the offender’s gun, ultimately gaining control of it and preventing any other officer from being injured.


PREVIOUS STORY: An armed man in the shower spotted Catoosa County Sheriff's Office deputies attempting to serve him with a felony warrant Sunday.

A struggle took place between suspect James Adam Sherlin, 29, and Catoosa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Keith Cantrell resulted in Sherlin being hit with a stun gun, but the two wrestled in the shower.

Sherlin was able to fire his weapon and a bullet struck CCSO Deputy Cantrell on his left ring finger. 

The same bullet continued and struck Sherlin in his left arm.

Sherlin was then handcuffed, but continued to resist arrest by kicking deputies, according to a news release.

Both the suspect Sherlin and Deputy Cantrell were treated at local hospitals.

Sherlin is in the Catoosa County Jail where he faces the original charges of:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Criminal Trespass

He has been also charged with the following new charges:

  • Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Obstruction of a Police Officer

No deputies discharged their firearms during the struggle and subsequent arrest.


PREVIOUS STORY: A Catoosa County deputy was shot Sunday evening while trying to serve a warrant.  

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk says the deputy was shot in the hand during a scuffle over a handgun the suspect had while the deputy was serving felony warrants on an individual.

The deputy was taken to a local hospital, and is said to be in stable condition. 

The suspect is in custody. 

We will continue to update this story as information becomes available. 

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