Sheila Aull (Image: Richland County Sheriff's Dept.)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A Richland County deputy injured in a shootout with a suspect has been released from a hospital.
Officers confirm that doctors allowed Sheila Aull to go home.
Deputies say 24-year-old Adam Jurgen, a suspect in a domestic assault, shot Aull in the chest at the Farrington Way Apartments in northwest Richland County Tuesday afternoon. Aull, however, was protected by her protective vest. Officers say she was not seriously injured. Previous Coverage: Suspect Killed After Shooting at Deputies | "It Looked Like Something from a Movie | Testing Bulletproof Vests
Deputies responded by shooting at Jurgen, who was killed by the gunfire. Jurgen had fired at officers two different times Tuesday afternoon prior to shooting Aull, according to deputies.
Aull has been with the sheriff's department for eight years. Sheriff Leon Lott released the following statement:
"We were fortunate in yesterday's shooting because Deputy Aull and the other deputies could have easily lost their life or suffered serious injuries. We do all we can to protect our deputies and community by providing the Deputies with the best equipment and training. Yesterday proved the value of both. The deputies constantly train on proper techniques and firearm training which prevented any deputy or citizen from being injured while the threat of the shooter was eliminated. Every deputy is issued a protective vest and is required to wear it. I believe it is my responsibly to provide each one a vest as part of their normal equipment issue and we should never rely on the community or special groups to provide vests for the deputies -- That should be a priority for any Sheriff, Chief, and local government. Yesterday proved just what a life saving piece of equipment the vest is when it is worn. Deputy Aull is sore but doing very well and she will be returning to full duty very soon."