A 21-year-old new deputy in Putnam County is recovering from injuries, but he could have been killed in a fight with two guys at the Kangaroo Store on US-17 Sunday morning.
The sheriff’s office says Deputy Kevin Corbin was off-duty when he tried to break up a fight at the gas station.
Public information officer Hancel Woods says Corbin fired off two shots during a struggle with two men. Seconds later the gun was wrestled away and one suspect pulled the trigger twice at point blank range.
“Something kept that gun from not firing at exactly the right time,” says Woods.
He says the gun either malfunctioned or the magazine was knocked loose.
"Obviously that was a wonderful time for that particular thing to happen. That's the only time I can think of that a law enforcement officer would not want his weapon to fire".
Among the questions being asked now is what specifically kept the gun from firing, and whether the officer was justified when he shot at the suspects.
22-year-old Kenny Cruz-Rodriguez and 19-year-old Jorge Santiago-Rodriguez were later arrested on charges of attempted murder.
Deputy Corbin had a cut over one of his eyes, lost a tooth and sustained other injuries to his mouth that may require surgery.
"The first deputy that got to him said that his face and chest were covered with so much blood that he thought he had been shot", said Woods.