Residents on edge after deputy was shot in Screven Co.

SCREVEN CO., GA (WTOC) - Residents in Screven County are on edge after hearing a county deputy has been shot.

"I think it's crazy, actually. Stuff like that doesn't happen around here that much," said Holly Oglesby.

"We have a small community and a lot of children. Something happening that close to home is very, very scary," said Anissa Turner.

And there were scary moments on GA Hwy 21. During a deputy transport from the Chatham County Jail to the Screven County Jail, Crystal Shyrock, 32, tried to take Senior Deputy Katherine Griffin's gun. During the struggle a shot was fired hitting Senior Deputy Griffin in the leg. Many in the county are outraged, as they say Griffin is loved by the community.

"She's a very sweet lady. We've had contact before and she's very nice," said Oglesby.

Vicki Bazemore said, "She is probably one of the most loved people in this county. She knows all of our children and she's always looking out for them."

But this time someone was looking out for the deputy. A man on his way home saw the patrol car on side of the road and decided to stop and help, keeping Shyrock trapped until more deputies arrived.

Senior Deputy Griffin is expected to make a full recovery, after undergoing surgery at Memorial University Medical Center. Meanwhile, Shyrock is back behind bars. She faced charges for disorderly conduct and public intoxication from 2007 and had failed to report to a probation officer on those charges and was supposed to appear in court in Screven County.

Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile said she was looking at probably 30 days in jail, but now she may be facing a lot more time.

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