Injured Harris deputy escorted home
LaGRANGE — LaGrange police officers and Troup County sheriff’s deputies were among law enforcement assisting Tuesday to escort home a Harris County sheriff’s deputy from the hospital after he was shot during a weekend traffic stop.
A video posted on the LaGrange Police Department’s Facebook page shows local law enforcement officials lining Davis Road outside LaGrange Mall as vehicles pass that include LaGrange police, Troup and Harris counties sheriff’s, Georgia State Patrol and unmarked law enforcement cruisers and SUVs with lights and sirens escort apparent civilian vehicles mixed in to the group.
According to the post, the agencies were escorting home Harris County deputy Jamie White. He was shot just above the left eye during a traffic stop between Hamilton and Pine Mountain on Interstate 185 on Saturday evening, according to previous reports. White was treated at Columbus Medical Center.
A gofundme page was setup Monday for Jamie White by Tami White, identified in the gofundme page as the deputy’s wife and a paramedic. The page seeks $25,000 to help the family as Jamie White recovers from the shooting.
The gofundme page is located at https://www.gofundme.com/273rymc and anyone may donate. As of this morning, the site showed a total $15,730 in donations by 104 people collected in one day.
The man accused of shooting White is being held without bond after he turned himself in to Phenix City, Alabama, police the day after the shooting. Joe Lee Garrett, 24, of Phenix City faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction, possession of a firearm during a felony, and fleeing and attempting to elude.
White pulled over Garrett about 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 185, Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley has said. The incident reportedly occurred near the 30-mile marker.
White took Garrett’s driver’s license and spoke with Garrett and the front seat passenger for about seven minutes before Garrett pulled out a gun and shot White above the left eye, Jolley has said. Once White was shot, Garrett exited the vehicle, got his license and drove away.
Two women were passengers inside the 1994 blue Chevrolet Caprice that Garrett was driving, one in the front seat and the other in back, Jolley said. The car was caught on the deputy’s dash cam video.
Police in Russell County, Alabama, arrested Lytishia Horace on Sunday in connection to the shooting. Authorities were still searching for the other passenger.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.