- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) - A deputy wounded in an eastern Tennessee shooting has been released from the hospital.

Deputy Jenna Markland was released from Johnson City Medical Center on Thursday, about 12 hours after she was admitted with bullet wounds to her head and face, Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford told news outlets.

Kelly Lee Pitts has been charged with seven counts of attempted murder, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. Pitts is 36, not 39 as previously reported by the TBI.

Lunceford said he responded to a call Wednesday evening reporting a drunken man waving a gun. He got Pitts’ family out of the trailer, but when other deputies arrived, the man began firing toward them, Lunceford said.

“There was no warning,” Lunceford said. He immediately took cover.

A second victim, neighbor Brandy Hyder, was shot in the hand and taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital. It’s unclear whether she is still hospitalized.

Authorities fired tear gas into the trailer and entered, but discovered the shooter had gone out the back door.

SWAT members later found Pitts hiding in a nearby rock depression that neighbors had described as a “cave.” Pitts was still heavily armed with a rifle and two pistols when he surrendered, authorities said.

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