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Trousdale County deputy shot in face

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A Trousdale County deputy is in a Nashville hospital after being shot in the face in Hartsville early Monday morning, according to the sheriff's department.

The shooting happened at a residence on Coker Lane after Sgt. Harold Cooley and another officer responded to a domestic dispute at about 12:45 a.m.

A man at the home, David Graves, was armed and refused to drop his weapon, according to Trousdale County Sheriff Ray Russell.

Cooley and Graves fired their guns at about the same time, wounding each other. They were both taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center and both are listed in critical but stable condition.

Graves was shot in shoulder and neck area. Authorities have not yet determined what charges Graves may face.

"Domestic calls are one of the worst calls you can get. You never know what's going to happen," Trousdale County Sheriff Ray Russell said.

Sheriff Ray Russell, his chief deputy, and members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol gathered at the hospital Monday to comfort Sgt. Cooley's family.

"With the highway patrol, we answer very few, because we are assisting other agencies.

But we do realize the danger of domestic calls," THP Capt. Victor Donoho said.

Cooley is the father of two children and has worked with the department for 10 years.

He was listed in stable condition Monday and was expected to undergo surgery before being placed on routine administrative leave.

"Luckily, things came out as good as they did. It could've been a lot worse," Sheriff Russell said.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case.

Graves is from Westmoreland and has been previously arrested on charges of burglary, theft, and driving under the influence.

Police said they had responded to the same home six weeks ago for a domestic dispute involving the residents.

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