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March 19, 2014

2 sheriff's deputies wounded in Columbus


COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Two deputies were wounded Tuesday in a shooting in a Lowndes County subdivision.

WCBI-TV reports ( Clint Simms and Larry Swearingen are recovering following surgery. Chief Deputy Marc Miley said the men treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus

Authorities said the deputies were conducting a welfare check about 1:15 p.m. in the New Hope area when they were shot by a man with a high-powered rifle. Simms was shot in the thigh while Swearingen was hit in the abdomen during the ambush.

Neighbors told the television station that the suspect opened fired as soon as the first deputy walked on the porch. They say he then walked out of the house, smiling, and laid the rifle down before surrendering to other officers on the scene.

Authorities have not released the suspect's name.

Miley referred all questions to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. A spokesman for that agency did not immediately return a call for comment.

Sheriff Mike Arledge said more details will be released about the shooting Wednesday.


Information from: WCBI-TV,


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