FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

The Law Officer's Pocket Manual - Bloomberg BNA
This handy 4" x 6" spiral-bound manual offers examples showing how rules are...

Top News

Georgia Deputy Shot Serving Warrants, Suspect in Custody

March 29, 2016  | 

James Adam Sherlin (Photo: Catoosa County Sheriff's Office)
James Adam Sherlin (Photo: Catoosa County Sheriff's Office)

When he stepped out of his mother's shower and opened the bathroom door Sunday night, police say, James Adam Sherlin found four members of the Catoosa County (GA) Sheriff's Office and a state trooper staring at him, reports the Chattanooga Times/Free Press.

He tried to retreat to the safety of the bathroom. But as he shut the door behind him, law enforcement barged forward, forcing themselves inside. Sheriff Gary Sisk said Deputy Keith Cantrell tackled Sherlin, and the two men wrestled in the shower.

There, where he had just cleaned himself, Sherlin kept a .22-caliber pistol.

"There was water in the tub," Sisk said. "They were scrambling for the gun. Sherlin got a hold of it."

During a news conference Monday morning, the sheriff said he was not sure exactly where the two men's hands were during their fight, but Cantrell and Sherlin were both face down. Cantrell was on top. Another deputy deployed a Taser, but the fight continued. Sherlin had reached for his gun, and Cantrell's hands were almost on top of the pistol, as well.

Sherlin, 29, reached back and fired. He sliced Cantrell's left ring finger, Sisk said, but the bullet also hit the shooter, just below his own left arm.

Other deputies then handcuffed Sherlin, who tried kicking himself free to no avail. They took him to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, where doctors treated him and sent him back to jail. Cantrell, meanwhile, went to Erlanger Health System. Doctors there treated him and sent him home.


Comments (1)

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

kevCopAz @ 3/29/2016 11:11 PM

thank God no officers were killed. Have to hand it to the suspect, he was prepared! Must have been a boy scout when a kid. This is a story to reiterate that guns can be anywhere (couch/chair/under tables/hidden even in the shower!. Lets all learn from this and be careful!

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: High-Speed Oklahoma Vehicle Pursuit Ends in PIT Maneuver, Crash
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle with spikes, but the driver kept going. A short...
Riots Break Out in Greece on Anniversary of Fatal OIS of Teen
Rioters took to the streets in Athens and other cities in Greece on the ten-year...

Police Magazine