Around 4:45 p.m. dispatch got a suspicious person call from a resident on Caldonia Street. Sheriff Steve Wilson says Walker Co. Deputy, JD Holland responded to the call and spotted the suspicious person, James A. Johnson. When Holland arrived, Johnson ran before he could be questioned.
But Holland was able to catch Johnson a street over on Rosa Street.
Sheriff Wilson says while Johnson was being handcuffed, he pulled out a hunting knife and stabbed deputy Holland three times; twice in the leg and once in the arm. He says Holland was able to reach his service gun and shot Johnson twice; once in the leg and once in the abdomen. Johnson's is in stable condition.
Sheriff Wilson says Holland's injuries are non-life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.
"Deputy Holland himself was calling for help. He was losing a lot of blood and to be honest with you we were scared to death that it was going to be critical," said Wilson. "In my 21 years I've been very fortunate to never lose an officer in the line of duty and I can't imagine the devastation and agony that would inflict upon me and my agency."
Sheriff Wilson tells Channel 3, Johnson is on parole, and that the parole office will issue a warrant. He says Johnson already has several traffic and child support warrants in Walker county, Catoosa County and Rossville.
The GBI will investigate as it does in any officer involved shooting.