• K-9 visits wounded partner recuperating in hospital

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    COLUMBUS, Ga. - A police K-9 officer was a special visitor Wednesday at Georgia hospital.

    Leon visited his partner Officer Webb Sistrunk as he recovers from being shot in the right shoulder over the weekend, AL.com reported

    Sistrunk had been in the Piedmont Columbus Regional Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit but was upgraded to the critical care area, according to AL.com.

    Another officer was shot and killed Sunday.

    Leon was with his partner and three other officers when they responded to the call of a woman who said her live-in boyfriend allegedly assaulted her and threatened to killer her, Al.com reported.

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    Police said Grady Wayne Wilkes was at the home when Sistrunk, accompanied by William Buechner and Evan Elliott and one other officer went to the house. They knocked, and they said Wilkes answered wearing armor, armed with a rifle, and opened fire, police said, according to The Associated Press.

    Buechner was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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    Sistrunk and Elliott were also wounded. Sistrunk was flown to Piedmont in Columbus, Georgia, WMBA reported. Elliott was treated and released, according to the television station.

    About 9 hours after the shooting, Wilkes was captured, AL.com reported. He now faces charges of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of second-degree domestic abuse. 

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