Deputy shot in Thursday's shootout is in intensive care

6:34 PM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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  • Sgt. Mike Ledbetter Courtesy: Knox County Sheriff's Office
  • This is a past arrest photo of Jordan Camp, 21. Courtesy: Knox County Sheriff's Office

(WBIR - Knoxville) A Knox County Sheriff's deputy is in intensive care after being shot during Thursday's shootout.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office said Sergeant Mike Ledbetter, 41, is recovering at the University Of Tennessee Medical Center after undergoing a four-hour surgery Thursday night. Sgt. Ledbetter was shot in his lower left leg, severely damaging a major artery which caused substantial blood loss.

Sgt. Ledbetter's was wounded while law enforcement officers were trying to arrest Jordan Camp, 21, Thursday afternoon. Deputies say Camp was wanted on three outstanding warrants of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and violation of probation.

The sheriff's office says Camp was spotted by an officer Thursday at the entrance of a mobile home park on Canton Hollow Road. Camp then ran into a wooded area before barricading himself inside a bedroom of a home.

Deputies say Camp told negotiators he had guns and was going to kill himself. Later, he threatened to shoot officers. Around 4:00 p.m. Thursday, deputies say Camp pointed a gun out of the bedroom door and fired at officers.

Gunfire was exchanged and Camp was killed. Officials say it's not known if Camp died as the result of a law enforcement officer shooting him or if Camp shot himself.

The sheriff's office said a preliminary investigation showed officers fired approximately 47 rounds. An autopsy is expected to show how many times Camp was shot. Also, preliminary evidence shows Sgt. Ledbetter may have been hit by a ricocheting bullet, with the origin yet to be determined. Deputies say Sgt. Ledbetter's surgeon said the numerous particles in the officer's leg are so small that there may not be anything to recover.

Sgt. Ledbetter is expected to have more surgeries. He's been working with the Knox County Sheriff's Office since January 1995. He went to patrol in March 1998 and was promoted to sergeant in January 2008. He is currently a sergeant on patrol and serves on the SWAT Team.

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