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The man injured during a shootout with Crawford County deputies on Monday has been released from the hospital.

After his release, Rickey Eugene Smithey Jr. was booked into Crawford County jail and charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Smithey is awaiting his first court appearance.

Crawford deputies were called to Racers Gas Station at the corner of Olive Grove Church Road and Hwy 80 at about 7:53 p.m. after a 911 call about a disturbance involving Smithey, the news release states.

Deputies encountered Smithey and during a confrontation with him, Smithey took a semi-automatic pistol out of his pocket several times.

The deputy ordered Smithey to keep his hands off of the pistol and the suspect did not comply, according to the news release.

The deputy attempted to Tase Smithey, but the probes missed. Smithey then ran from the store to his home next to the gas station.

The deputy called for back up and Smithey ran into a field behind his house. After disobeying orders to surrender, Smithey fired several shots at the deputies striking one in the shoulder.

"This was a serious gun battle that took place," said GBI Special Agent-In-Charge J.T. Ricketson. "In my 31 years, I've probably worked 40-50 use of force investigations involving police officers. I have never worked one where the subject has fired as many rounds as were fired in this case."

Ricketson says investigators seized at least six of Smithey's firearms from the scene, including two pistols and a rifle.


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