Deputy shot in face released from hospital

Deputy Joe Buice, a former Lamar County sheriff, was shot Friday afternoon when he and two other deputies responded to a call for a man attempting to commit suicide, police said.

The gunman, 38-year-old Michael Stringer, allegedly shot Buice in the face. Deputies then shot Stringer, who died at the scene.

Buice was transported to Grady hospital, where he underwent surgery over the weekend. He is expected to recover from his injuries.

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