Deputy shot in the face while driving released from the hospital

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — An off-duty Franklin County sheriff’s deputy was released from the hospital Saturday after a suspect fired multiple shots into the deputies vehicle and shot him in the face late Friday night he was while driving home.

The shooting occurred just after 11:03 p.m. as Jim Church, 47, was driving along East North Broadway and Eisenhouser Road after getting his dog groomed, police said.

The suspect allegedly got mad about Church’s driving and fired five shots into the deputy’s personal vehicle with one round striking him in the right cheek, according to a police report.

Church was taken to Riverside Hospital.

Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin released the following statement on Saturday:

“I am happy to say that he is doing well and looking forward to going home, soon. Please keep deputy Church and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to heal. Also, I want to thank the officers and detectives from the Columbus Division of Police for the quick response and how they are handling this incident.”

Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Columbus Police Felony Assault Detective Stubblefield  #2259 at 614-645-4141 or central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS(8477).

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