Thomas County deputies honored for their bravery in January shooting
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) - The Thomasville community honored three deputies who put their lives on the line in January.
While serving a warrant on Ochlocknee resident Tyler Henderson, the deputies were involved in a struggle with Henderson. During that struggle, Henderson wrestled away a gun, shooting two of the deputies and just missing the third.
That shooting prompted a six-day manhunt for Henderson, drawing in assistance from law enforcement agencies across Georgia and North Florida.
Deputy Josh Fletcher, Corporal Ray Sturrup and Sergeant Brandon Hill were identified as the deputies involved. Hill was shot underneath his vest, and due to his injuries, his father stood in his place for a flag presentation ceremony.
Two months later, Fletcher shared that despite the dangers he and his brothers in uniform face, he still suits up every day to protect his family and the Thomas County community.
“The job never ends,” he said. “So, it’s nice to take a break and see the appreciation of others. Especially on the level of congress to be involved to thank us. It’s a wonderful gesture and it’s very heartfelt.”
Congressman Austin Scott presented the flags to the deputies and to the sheriff’s office.
“These men and women are out there every day taking care of us. The three deputies in Thomas County, when we saw that we thought we’d do something special for them, so we had a flag flown over the Capitol for each of them, and we just appreciate those men and women out there taking care of us,” said Scott.
Dozens of law enforcement officers, family members and friends gathered to witness the presentation, followed by a small reception afterward.
Henderson was on the run for nearly a week before turning himself in. Since the shooting, Deputy Fletcher and Corporal Sturrup have both returned to work. Sgt. Hill is still out for recovery.
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