UPDATE: Deputies shot in Knox County identified

Published: Jun. 12, 2017 at 12:58 PM EDT
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Two Knox County deputies were injured in a shooting Monday.

A Kentucky State Police spokesman said Deputy Claude Hudson and Deputy Keith Liford were trying to serve a warrant when someone shot them.

“We go and serve many warrants, several traffic stops a day and you just never know what could happen,” said Trooper Shane Jacobs.

Deputy Liford was shot multiple times and flown to UT Medical Center.

Doctors completed his surgery Monday night. The doctor said he is expected to make a full recovery.

The sheriff told WYMT he and his deputies are grateful for all of the prayers.

Deputy Hudson was shot in his badge and bulletproof vest and has been released from the hospital.

The person who shot the deputies, John Wesley Bays, was shot and killed at the scene.

"For him to open fire on these deputies and shoot both deputies, this didn't have to happen," said Jacobs.

Court officials tell us they show 43 cases involving Bays, dating back to 1999. All charges involved drugs, theft, and burglary.

In March, a grand jury indicted Bays on six counts, including burglary and receiving stolen property charges. The cases stem from investigations from November until December 2016.

According to the indictment, investigators believed Bays to be involved in three separate theft and/or burglary cases. During the thefts, he allegedly stole clothes, a television and other items.

“It's been a good neighborhood until people like that come from their neighborhood over here and make it look bad on our part,” said Charles Hamilton, who lives in the area.

County officials said when they heard about the shooting, they were shocked.

"We just need to remember them," said Knox County Judge Executive, J.M. Hall. "They've got a dangerous job. Every morning when they go to work, they don't know if they're going to come back home."

Knox Central Principal, Jeff Frost, said Deputy Liford worked at the school starting in January. He also said Deputy Hudson filled in at times. The news worried many students, staff and faculty.

"It's a shame it had to happen and that it happened but we wish them the best," said Frost. "The Knox Central community and faculty and staff wish them a quick and speedy recovery."

Kentucky State Police say another man was inside the home when the shooting happened. They arrested him and took him in for questioning.

We will continue to update this story as we receive more information.