Two Knox County Deputies Shot In The Line Of Duty Expected To Make Full Recoveries

Two Knox County Sheriff's deputies shot in the line of duty are recovering. The wife of Deputy Claude Hudson shared a photo of the badge that stopped a bullet from hitting her husband, and the injury it caused him. Deputies Keith Liford and Deputy Claude Hudson are expected to make full recoveries. Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith says both deputies are incredibly lucky. The two deputies were trying to enter a home when they say John Wesley Bays opened fire. Sheriff Smith says the training and experience for both deputies kicked in. They returned gunfire killing Bays. The shooting seriously injured Liford; four of the rounds hit him in the torso area. Sheriff Smith says bullets hit both deputies' badges, likely saving both their lives. Hudson is out of the hospital. Liford reportedly could be released from UT Hospital in Knoxville as early as Wednesday. Both deputies remain on administrative leave which is standard in all officer related shootings. Kentucky State Police are investigating the shooting.