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Deputy shot in standoff can move his hand
Joe Groover leaves ICU
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A Hall County sheriff’s deputy who was shot Monday is resting well after his second surgery in an Atlanta hospital, Maj. Jeff Strickland said.

Deputy Joe Groover, who was shot in the arm during a standoff Monday between police and a Lula man, had a second surgery Wednesday to repair the damage caused by a bullet from a .44 Magnum pistol.

Following the surgery, he was moved from the Intensive Care Unit to a regular room, Strickland said. Doctors are planning for another surgery on Friday to repair a tendon in Groover’s right arm.

However, his condition is improving daily, and he is in good spirits, Strickland said.

"We know that he has movement in his fingers, which is just a blessing for us," Strickland said.

Groover was the only deputy injured in the hourslong standoff.

During the standoff, Hubert Stanley Tate repeatedly fired and reloaded his revolver from inside his camper van, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. One of Tate’s bullets passed through Groover’s right arm, the GBI said Tuesday. After he was hit, Groover was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital and spent four hours in surgery Monday evening.

The standoff ended when Tate, 65, was killed by a gunshot to the head fired by a Hall sheriff’s SWAT Team member from outside the camper.

Groover, a member of the Hall County SWAT team, is a three-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office.