UPDATE: Effingham Deputy Wounded, Suspect Dead in Shootout


ECSO and GBI tell News 3 Deputy James Wilkinson was shot on Friday after exchanging gunfire with a burglary suspect.

Wilkinson was taken to Memorial Medical Center with non-life threatening wounds.

The burglary suspect was killed in the gunfire.


Sergeant Don White with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed for News 3 that a deputy has been shot behind the Dollar General just off of highway 80.

The deputy is being transported to the hospital, no word on the extent of his injuries so far.

Our crew on scene has learned the suspect was also shot in the incident.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is on the way to the scene to head up the investigation.

Stay with WSAV for the latest.

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