A Georgia sheriff’s deputy died in the hospital Monday afternoon, just three days after a domestic call in Jackson County turned into a violent shootout.
Lena Nicole Marshall, who joined the sheriff’s office in June 2020, died shortly before 4 p.m. after she was shot Friday night by a suspect, Sheriff Janis Mangum confirmed. The GBI identified the shooter as Jessica Worsham, 43, of Hoschton, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The sheriff’s office said Worsham fired at Marshall and another deputy when they confronted her at a home, mortally wounding Marshall. The other deputy returned fire, hitting and killing Worsham, the sheriff’s office said. The sheriff did not specify where Marshall was injured.
A benefit fund has been set up for Marshall and her children at Northeast Georgia Bank in Jefferson, Mangum said in a post. A GoFundMe campaign has also amassed more than $48,000 for the family to cover funeral expenses.
Marshall began her law enforcement career in 2009 with the Winder Police Department. She later served in roles with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, Helen Police Department and Habersham County Sheriff’s Office before joining Jackson County last year.