BUTTS COUNTY, GA. - A Jackson police officer is recovering at home Tuesday evening after being shot early in the morning.
Officer Sherry Hall suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen while on patrol.
Police Chief James Morgan says Officer Hall was patrolling after midnight in the area of Walker Street and Camellia Court when she saw a man on the side of the road.
Hall approached the man, he argued with her and Hall was shot.
"As far as we know it was one shot, possibly five, from the perpetrator and Officer Hall was able to fire at least two rounds from her service revolver," says Morgan.
Hall was wearing a bulletproof vest and Morgan says that probably saved her life.
“For incidents like this, a lot of times that vest is more than a bulletproof vest. It saves accidents in trauma. It's been known to be a good support against weapons as well. It's a good safety feature,” he said.
According to Morgan, there is no evidence that the suspect was struck by a bullet. He ran from the scene.
Rita Wallace owns a hair salon in downtown Jackson and has lived in the city for more than 45 years. She says she can't recall another time that something like this happened.
"We were a little shocked, but you know this goes on everywhere. The larger the town, the more violence," says Wallace.
She says she doesn't feel any less safe living in Jackson after this, and believe the police are working hard to locate the suspect.
"We are keeping this community safe and that's why we're still out there now and still investigating and still looking, turning over every stone that we can and we will continue to do that," says Morgan.
The suspect is still on the loose. Jackson Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 770-775-7878.
13WMAZ, WXIA-TV, Atlanta