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UPDATED: Cherokee County sheriff says Rusk shooting self-inflicted

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CHEROKEE COUNTY (KYTX) - After meeting with Garrett Scott Curtis, 22, who suffered a gunshot wound Tuesday, officials have determined the injury was self inflicted.

Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell said due to numerous inconsistencies in Curtis' story, detectives found that the incident was either staged or partially fabricated.

"Mr. Curtis confirmed that in fact he had fabricated the facts of the incident and that the gunshot wound which he had suffered was in fact self inflicted," Campbell said in a release Thursday.

At this time no criminal charges are being sought in the incident. The shooting happened Tuesday, when Curtis returned to work at Rusk State Hospital with a gunshot wound to his neck/shoulder area.


CHEROKEE COUNTY (KYTX) - As of this time there is no new information on the shooting incident involving the Rusk State Hospital employee who was shot while on his lunch break Tuesday.


Cherokee County sheriff's office investigators are actively pursuing  leads from the victim, Garrett Curtis, and witnesses that were at Rusk State Hospital when he arrived back at work.

An investigator spoke briefly with Curtis on Tuesday night at the hospital, but because of the medications being administered, that interview was cut short.

When Curtis is released from the hospital, he has agreed to meet with investigators on the case. At this time this department has no information on when he will be released.

Capt.  John Raffield said officials believe the shooting was an isolated incident that was directed solely at the victim and not a random attack.

Curtis made statements to several people prior to the shooting, that he had been in an altercation with some individuals from another county in the past week, and officials believe the shooting was in direct retaliation to that altercation.

An update on the investigation will be released as soon as it becomes available.


CHEROKEE COUNTY (KYTX) - Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell says an Alto man was shot in the chest Tuesday while on a lunch break from Rusk State Hospital.


Garrett Curtis, 22, was at work Tuesday when he told a co-worker he was leaving to meet someone.

Campbell said the sheriff's office received a call about 12:30 p.m. that Curtis has returned to the state hospital with a bullet wound to his shoulder/neck area .

"He drove himself back to the hospital," Campbell said.

Curtis was flown to ETMC-Tyler, and sheriff's officials were working Tuesday afternoon to determine more facts in the case.

Curtis was listed in stable condition in ICU, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

"We have officers out from here (Rusk) to Tyler trying to determine the where and why and who," Campbell said.

It is believed that the shooting did not occur on the grounds of the Rusk State Hospital, but investigators have not been able to obtain any detailed information from the victim on what may have happened, or where it happened. An Investigator is waiting at the hospital to speak to the victim as soon as he is able.

Rusk State Hospital released a statement.

"We are deeply concerned about our employee following today's off-campus shooting. Our thoughts are with Garrett and his family. We're working with law enforcement and doing everything we can to help each other during this difficult time," the hospital statement said.

No other information is available at this time.

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