BYRON, Ga. — A Houston County deputy is injured after a man opened fire Sunday morning in Byron.

According to Special Agent in Charge J.T. Ricketson with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, four Houston County deputies responded to a domestic dispute at 207 Danube Way in Byron around 7 a.m.

That's near Dunbar Road.

He says when they got there, three deputies approached the house. 

The subject inside, later identified as 47-year-old Michael Leatherwood, asked who it was.

The deputies responded, saying it was Houston County, and that's when at least one deputy heard a rifle racket behind the door, according to Ricketson.

The deputies retreated to safety, and they saw Leatherwood peer over the fence in the backyard.

Afterwards, Leatherwood allegedly exited the front door and opened fire on the deputies, Ricketson says.

The GBI says three of the deputies returned fire.

Leatherwood was hit at least once, and one deputy was hit in the hand.

The deputy was treated on scene, and Ricketson says Leatherwood is in critical condition at the Medical Center, Navicent Health and is heading into surgery.

Ricketson says the GBI was called out to help investigate about 20 minutes later.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more details become available.

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