Suspect in shooting of Tennessee Highway Patrol officer released from hospital, taken to Hamilton County Jail

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Cody Seals, the man accused of shooting and injuring a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer, has been released from the hospital and taken to the Hamilton County Jail.

Seals, 22, fled from troopers when they tried to initiate a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 27 on Jan. 9. He fired shots before crashing. When he got out of the vehicle, he again exchanged gunfire with the troopers.

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Trooper Khalat Ghazi was struck and Seals was also injured. The second trooper, Rich Thomas, was also involved, but it is not clear who injured Seals.

Both Ghazi and Seals were taken to a local hospital and were in stable condition.

Now that Seals has been released, he is being charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, possession of methamphetamine for resale, possession of marijuana for resale, possession of heroin for resale, felony evading arrest, reckless driving, felony reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Ghazi's updated condition has not been released.

A woman, 19-year-old Courtney Faulkner, who investigators said was a passenger in Seals' vehicle, was arrested on Jan. 10 on several drug charges.