FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas (KEYE) - The Fayette County Sheriff's Office in Texas has identified the deputy shot attempting to apprehend a wanted felon in La Grange on Thursday night has been identified as 32-year-old CJ Lehmann.
Sheriff Keith Korenek says Lehmann and another deputy were assisting La Grange Police Department in apprehending the suspect, who had just assaulted a La Grange PD Officer.
Lehmann volunteered to take the lead in breaching the door because he was wearing a ballistic vest. In doing so, he was shot in the face with a shotgun.
He is in an Austin Hospital in critical condition, having lost one eye.
Fayette County says Lehmann is a single father of three daughters, and they are asking that anyone who would like to financially support his family make a donation to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Memorial and Benevolent Society.
In the “For” section, please put “CJ”. All funds received for CJ will go directly to him to assist him financially.
Donations for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Memorial and Benevolent Society may be sent to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, C/O FCSMBS, at 1646 N. Jefferson St, La Grange, TX 78945.