Deputy Still Recovering After Suspect Chopped Off His Hand

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Clay County police officer who lost
his hand to an ax-wielding attacker about two months ago is
adjusting to his reattached hand and regaining movement.

Clay County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Freeman lost the hand on the
night of Sept. 25. He was a part of a response team serving an
arrest warrant on Curtis Watts, a 48-year-old sometimes preacher
and former sawmill operator.

Authorities say Watts wielded a bush ax while being arrested and
cut off Freeman's right hand.

Two operations later, Freeman can slightly move his hand and
doctors say in several months, the sensation will expand to the
tips of the four fingers he has left.

The preacher was being arrested on a charge stemming from
domestic violence allegations.


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