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James Sherlin

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- A Catoosa County deputy is recovering this morning after a man shot him in the left ring finger during a Sunday night scuffle.

Sheriff Gary Sisk said during a press conference today that Deputy Keith Cantrell and three other members of the sheriff's office went to 1198 Edgemond Road in Ringgold to serve a warrant on 29-year-old James Adam Sherlin. He was facing charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Sherlin's mother let the deputies in, Sisk said. Sherlin was in the shower. But when he opened the bathroom door, he tried to retreat. Sisk said Sherlin kept a gun in the bathroom. 

Cantrell and Sherlin wrestled in the shower for the weapon. Another deputy deployed a Taser, but the struggle continued. With Cantrell on top and both men lying face down, Sisk said, Sherlin reached his .22 pistol, aimed behind him and fired.

In addition to hitting Cantrell's finger, the bullet also sliced Sherlin's left arm. Sherlin was then taken to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, where he was treated and released. Cantrell went to Erlanger Health System, where doctors have since released him as well.

Sisk said that Cantrell will be on desk duty when he returns as he continues to heal.

In addition to his previous charges, Sherlin now faces counts of attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction of a police officer.

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