TYLER - A key figure in one of East Texas' most infamous criminal cases is struggling to recapture his health.
Sherman Dollison -- the deputy who was injured in a 2005 Tyler courthouse shooting -- is now experiencing life-threatening complications more than a decade later.
Flashback to February of 2005 when a gunman shot up the Smith County courthouse.
Deputy Sherman Dollison with gun in hand, can be seen heading out to confront the gunman.
The gunman shot Dollison multiple times using an AK-47. He spent months recovering -- eventually rejoining the sheriff's office.
Today, he is experiencing severe liver failure directly related to those injuries.
Chuck Boyce is part of a group fundraising for a fellow brother in blue.
“He’s not asking for anything. He just wants to be fixed and go back to work. He just wants to do his job,” said Boyce.
That's why Doris Crockett and her group came to Villa Montez in Tyler tonight, where a portion of dinner sales will go towards Dollison, his family, and his medical bills.
“I think it's important for the community to stop and realize what someone puts on the line for us every day,” said Crockett. “When we can give back that's something we can participate in and we're really grateful for the restaurant as well and for those who came out to eat dinner to support his care.”
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