LA GRANGE (KXAN) — Less than two weeks ago, Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy Calvin “CJ” Lehmann was shot in the face while serving a warrant in La Grange. He’s now out of the hospital, already visiting his colleagues at the Sheriff’s Office and recovering.
“[I’m] doing as good as it can be expected,” he told KXAN. “Healing and taking it day by day and feeling better every day.”
Lehmann was shot in his face with a shotgun. He said, “I knew as soon as it happened, I knew that I had been shot.”
He remembers going in and out of consciousness, but he can recall being loaded into an ambulance and being worried about his partners because he didn’t know if they were okay after he was shot.
The 32-year-old deputy underwent surgeries. Doctors couldn’t save his left eye, and for now, “No, I can’t see at all. If anything, I can see light sometimes, and that’s about it,” he said.
Lehmann’s doctors are monitoring his right eye. While they don’t know for sure yet if he’ll regain his vision, Lehmann said, “It is possible. They said there’s swelling on the optic nerve, severe swelling. So it could be as soon as the swelling goes down. I could have normal vision, or it could be no vision at all. There’s no set time.”
Lehmann told KXAN he chose a career in law enforcement because “It’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to be the person that protects the community. Somebody who looks out for the innocent.”
He said he’s taking everything one day at a time, and he’s thankful for all the support he’s received.
“It gives you pride I guess knowing that the community you help just stand behind you so much,” he said. “I just can’t say thank you enough to everybody. It just gives me so much hope and so much happiness, you know, that people still care.”
As Lehmann continues to recover, this Facebook page explains how you can help.
The man who is accused of shooting Deputy Lehmann has been charged with aggravated assault on a public servant.