Wythe County deputy shot in back: “Despite the bad, there is still a tremendous amount of good in the world and for that we are thankful.”

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — One of two deputies shot in Wythe County this week released his first statement since the incident.

Wythe County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Coleman says he and his family are amazed “by the outpouring of love and support from the community and beyond.”

Chris Coleman (Photo: Jessica Milby/Used with permission)

Coleman was shot in the back late Tuesday night, July 7, while responding to a domestic disturbance. Chief Deputy Charles Foster was grazed by a bullet. They returned fire and wounded suspect Rick Madison Delk, a former Daytona Beach, Florida, police officer.

Coleman ended his statement saying, “there is still a tremendous amount of good in the world and for that we are thankful.”

Read Coleman’s complete statement:

My family and I are amazed and astonished by the outpouring of love and support from the community and beyond. There are no words to truly express how grateful we are. The generosity and compassion from our families, our Thin Blue Line family, friends, neighbors and even strangers is more than we could have ever imagined. For that, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I have been able to rest and recover comfortably at home because of the blessings that have been provided to us.

I also want to take a moment to thank those who took care of me that night. From my coworkers and the paramedics that got me safely to the hospital, to the doctors and nurses that provided my care, thank you will never be enough. It is because of you that I am at home recovering today.

Despite the bad, there is still a tremendous amount of good in the world and for that we are thankful.

Wythe County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Coleman

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