Troup County marshal shot while capturing pit bull at LaGrange park

A Troup County marshal was shot Wednesday afternoon.
A Troup County marshal was shot Wednesday afternoon.

A Troup County marshal was shot in the arm Wednesday afternoon while trying to capture a pit bull in a LaGrange park, authorities said.

County Manager Eric Mosley told AJC.com the marshal was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following the shooting at Glass Bridge Park.

According to the GBI, the marshal’s office was called to the park about 1:20 p.m. after a man was bitten in the leg by the dog. One of the marshals found the pit bull after a brief search and shot it with a tranquilizer dart.

After being shot with the dart, the dog ran away and marshals began tracking it through the woods, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

“Upon coming in contact with the pit bull again, the pit bull charged at the deputy marshals in a very aggressive manner,” she said. “Both deputy marshals fired at the pit bull with their handguns. During the shooting incident, one of the deputy marshals was shot in the arm.”

Investigators are still working to determine if the marshal was shot by his colleague or if he accidentally shot himself. Authorities are still searching for the dog, according to the GBI.

Mosley said the wounded marshal was stable Thursday morning.

“The officer is recovering well, and we are extremely grateful for the overall quick response of medical units to aid in the care of the officer,” he said. “We believe that the officer will be released as early as today from Grady Hospital in Atlanta. At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and their family.”

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