Inmate who Wounded Deputy Dies at Hospital

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JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) - An inmate accused of grabbing a deputy's gun and shooting him in Jefferson in northeast Georgia died early Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Elaine Cook says 28-year-old Timothy Lemar Jones died at Athens Regional Hospital, where he was taken after the shooting yesterday at the Jackson County Courthouse.

Sheriff Stan Evans says the inmate, in chains and leg irons, grabbed the deputy's gun and shot him but was shot by other deputies as he drove away in a sheriff's van.

Evans says the deputy, 14-year Officer Kimsey Gray, was returning four prisoners to jail when one of them attacked him inside a secure area of the courthouse. Gray was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

The sheriff says the deputy was shot in the arm, leg and abdomen and was in good condition after surgery last night.

The sheriff said Jones was picked up last week at Johnson State Prison in Wrightsville, where he was serving a sentence for aggravated battery, and brought to Jefferson for arraignment on an armed robbery charge.