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Injured Lowndes County deputy released from hospital


Lt. Clint Sims

Lt. Clint Sims



Sarah Fowler



One week after he was shot in the leg, a Lowndes County Sheriff's Department deputy is home from the hospital. 


Lt. Clint Sims was released from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Tuesday afternoon, according to Chief Deputy Marc Miley. 


Sims and Lt. Larry Swearingen each suffered gunshot wounds last Tuesday when Kenneth "Kent" Coscia, 30, allegedly shot at them from behind the closed door of his New Hope home on Drake Circle. 


Sims and Swearingen were part of the department's Special Response Team that responded to Coscia's home for a welfare check. SRT was involved in the welfare check because deputies knew Coscia was armed, according to department officials. 


Sims was shot in the leg and Swearingen was shot in the stomach, according to Miley. Deputy Scott Glasgow also sustained injuries during the incident, Miley said. 


Coscia was arrested on scene. He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer and one charge of shooting into an occupied dwelling. He received a bond of $3,050,000. He is currently in the custody of the Monroe County Detention Center in solitary confinement, according to Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell. According to Cantrell, Coscia does not yet have an attorney. 


The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case. 


Swearingen is still recovering at BMH-GT. He was moved from the Critical Care Unit to a regular room Friday, according to the department's Facebook page. 


A benefit fund has been set up for the officers at local Cadence banks. Donations are also being accepted at the sheriff's department.


Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.



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