Georgia deputy shot in face during traffic stop might lose eye

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ATLANTA (AP) – Authorities in Georgia say a sheriff’s deputy is “doing much better” but may lose his left eye after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop south of Atlanta.

Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley said Sunday that deputy Jamie White’s condition has improved after he was shot by the driver of a vehicle that he had pulled over. Joe Lee Garrett, 24, was arrested in Alabama just hours after the shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jolley says White took Garrett’s driver’s license and spoke with Garrett and the front seat passenger for about seven minutes. Garrett then pulled out a gun and shot White above the left eye. Once White was shot, Garrett exited the vehicle, got his license and drove away.

Jolley says there were two women in the vehicle – one in the front passenger seat and the other back set. Police are still looking for them.

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