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Wounded deputy in stable condition at Grady

POSTED: August 16, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The Hall County deputy who was shot in Lula Monday will face another surgery Wednesday, Hall County Sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Strickland said.

Deputy Joe Groover, 35, was shot in the right arm during an hours-long standoff between the sheriff’s department S.W.A.T. team and Lula resident Hubert Stanley Tate.

The standoff ended when sheriff’s deputies shot and killed Tate in his camper on Banks Road.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation believes that Tate, who had been seen walking around downtown Lula with a .44 caliber pistol, shot Groover in the arm from inside his camper.

The deputy, Joe Groover, 35, has been with the sheriff’s department for three years. After being flown by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta Monday, Groover underwent more than four hours of surgery on his right arm.

Strickland said Groover is now in stable condition in the intensive care unit, but faces more surgery Wednesday and at least one more night’s stay in the intensive care unit.

“Joe Groover is one of our best officers,” Strickland said. “He’s just an outstanding young man. He really enjoys being a deputy sheriff.”


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