Fayette County deputy shot in line of duty returns home after being released from hospital

CBS Austin

When a deputy hurt in the line of duty returned home, only CBS Austin was there to capture the heartfelt moment.

“It feels amazing to know that he's home,” said Tanya Ellis, a friend of Fayette County Sheriff Deputy CJ Lehmann, who was shot in the line of duty while helping to serve a search warrant with the La Grange Police Department Nov. 1.

"For the hard work he does and the dedication he has for the community, it warms our heart," she said.

Saturday, multiple police agencies, including Austin Police, The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Department of Public Safety helped escort Lehmann from the Dell Seton Medical Center where he’d been recovering for more than a week. He lost his left eye when he was shot in the face while trying to serve the warrant.

"It's amazing that he's going home to a family that loves him and our community is going to love him no matter what,” Ellis said.

When he finally returned to home, he was met by fellow law enforcement officers, friends, and family, who also held a baseball fundraiser at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in his honor.

Though he didn’t get out of the ambulance, his spirit was felt all around the field.

"We've had so much support from the community, it's just unbelievable,” said La Grange Police Chief David Gilbreath.

Each home run was more like a thank you for Lehmann’s return home.

"He came through to be able to tell us thank you, but I want him to know, from tri-county, we thank you,” Ellis said.

Donations for Deputy Lehmann, who is a single father of three girls, may be made online on the Facebook page through PayPal at or in person or by mail at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office C/O FCSMBS, at 1646 N Jefferson St. La Grange, TX 78945.

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