An Athens-Clarke County sheriff's deputy is recovering in the hospital after police said he was shot by a man behind the county courthouse.
Investigators said Larry Henderson was being involuntarily committed to a mental hospital by his mother just before 3 p.m. Friday.
Athens-Clarke County Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr. told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh, Henderson refused to get out of the car to go into the courthouse.
Edwards said police tried to talk Henderson out of the car when he pulled a .22-caliber pistol and started shooting at the officers.
Cpl. J.T. Williams was hit by a bullet in the leg. His injuries are non-life-threatening but Edwards said Williams had to undergo surgery because the bullet got lodged in a bone. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Henderson was immediately taken into custody. Edwards said officers had to use a stun gun on Henderson to gain control of him.
Henderson was taken into custody and booked into the Clarke County Jail. He is being charged with four counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Investigators did not answer any questions, but said Henderson had a lengthy criminal record with Clarke County.