March 21, 2014 12:32:51 PM
A Lowndes County Sheriff's deputy who was shot earlier this week is expected to be released from the hospital today.
Clint Sims is being released by his doctors, according to Donna Grant, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Community Relations and Marketing Coordinator. Sims underwent surgery Tuesday. He received a gunshot wound to his left leg and Lowndes County Deputy Larry Swearingen sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen during an incident in New Hope on Tuesday.
Swearingen is still in the hospital's Critical Care Unit where he is listed in stable condition, Grant said.
Sims and Swearingen were injured when Kenneth "Kent" Coscia allegedly opened fire on members of the department's Special Response Team at his New Hope home. A third deputy, Scott Glasgow, sustained an injury to his hand during the incident, according to Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Marc Miley. Coscia surrendered to law enforcement and was arrested on scene.
He is charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling. He is currently in the custody of the Monroe County Detention Center on a $3,050,000 bond, according to jail administrators.
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