McCreary County deputy back home after being shot, thanks community for support

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WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (WVLT/WYMT)- The McCreary County deputy who was shot Tuesday night while responding to a domestic dispute was released from the hospital Sunday, according to Kentucky State Police.

The deputy, 28-year-old Tyler Watkins, was being treated at the UT Medical Center. The deputy ate his first meal Wednesday night.

His family released a statement through the hospital saying, "We'd like to thank the group Supporting Heroes, the staff at UT Medical Center, the Knox County Sheriff's Department and all the law enforcement from throughout the area for their support."

“My family and I are very thankful for the overwhelming outpouring of support we have received since the shooting. I hope to be able to personally thank each and everyone when I am able to do so," Watkins said.

Watkins also thanked first responders and hospital staff who helped him.

"At this time I am just focusing on resting, recovering and spending time with my family," Watkins said.

KSP said Watkins responded to a home on Lick Creek Road when 48-year-old Mark Dungan of Science Hill shot him from a car outside the home.

After the shooting, KSP said Dungan drove off from the scene and then hit Constable Cody Stephens head-on in his patrol car.

Dungan appeared in court Thursday morning where he was arraigned on multiple charges. The judge refused to lower his $500,000 bond, and Dungan's preliminary hearing was set for July 25.

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