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Deputy shot during prisoner transport
Screven officer recovering
W Shyrock Crystal Marie
Crystal Marie Shyrock

   A Screven County Sheriff’s deputy remains in stable condition after being shot in the leg during a struggle with an inmate she was transporting.
    Deputy Kat Griffin was transporting Crystal Marie Shyrock, 32, Flemington Woods, Ellabell, Monday afternoon from Chatham County Jail to Screven County Jail, traveling on Georgia Highway 21/Savannah River Parkway  around 1:15 p.m. when Shyrock ”decided to grab the officer’s gun” and a struggle ensued, said Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile.
    The gun fired and the bullet struck Griffin in the upper thigh, he said. “The bullet went clear through, and did not strike a bone or an artery, he said.
    At some point during the struggle Griffin had stopped the patrol car, and after the gun fired, Shyrock tried to escape. She exited the car, only to be stopped by a Sylvania resident who observed the incident and “put her back in the car,” Kile said.
    “Richard Dwayne Williams did a very brave thing in stopping to assist the deputy in trouble,” he said. “I and my deputies all extend our most sincere thanks to Mr. Williams for his timely aid.” 
    By that time, other
deputies arrived on the scene, as did Screven County EMS. Shyrock was taken to the Screven County Jail, charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and criminal attempt to escape as well as the probation violation, he said.
    She was wanted for not showing up for an appointment with officials regarding a state court probation obligation, and was picked up on the warrant in Richmond Hill, he said.
    After having been transferred to the Chatham County Jail, Griffin picked her up to take back to Screven County for a court hearing.
    Griffin, the first African American female hired at the Screven County Jail, has been employed there for eight years. She is the county’s school resource officer for elementary, middle and high schools. “The kids love her to death,” Kile said.
    The case is being investigated by the Region 5 office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
    Holli Deal Bragg maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.

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