DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Laurens County Sheriff’s deputy was shot responding to what police called an active shooter at Fairview Park Hospital Sunday night.
“The suspect came out, encountered the officers and fired some shots,” said Dublin Police Chief Tim Chatman.
Fairview Park Hospital was running mostly normally Monday with the exception of their main entrance.
“Officers located the suspect on the outside perimeter of the hospital–actually outside the door,” said Chatman.
That’s where the investigation into a shooting that happened Sunday night is going on.
Laurens County deputy Matt Surine was shot in his lower leg and should recover.
“We were very fortunate that other lives were not taken or even injured,” said Chatman.
28-year-old Akeem Woodard, a native of Dublin, is charged with aggravated assault and obstructing a police officer among other charges for exchanging gunfire with Dublin police and Surine.
Dublin Police Chief Tim Chatman was there as the arrest was made.
“We’re certainly fortunate that all our agencies were able to work together flawlessly,” said Chatman.
It happened quickly–from the call to finding the suspect and arresting him–but officers and hospital staff knew exactly what to do.
“The more you train, the better off you are,” said Chatman.
That’s because the hospital hosted active shooter training just a few weeks ago.
“We did an excellent job on our command post, making sure we were tracking who is doing what,” said Chatman. “And to bring what we call an unstable situation to stable–to stabilize it and get the resources where they need to be.”
It took preparation to handle a tough situation without losing any lives.