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Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Deputy leaves hospital following last Wednesday’s shooting in Florence

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  It's a good day in Lauderdale County; Deputy Randall McCrary is home. He spent a week in the hospital following a shooting that happened last Wednesday night.

On Tuesday morning, the deputies responded to a much better call. They gathered at Huntsville Hospital to escort their brother home.

"We're elated about his rapid recovery," Sheriff Rick Singleton said.

Someone shot McCrary in Florence while authorities said he was at a home to serve court papers to shooting suspect Timothy Murphy. Those court orders instructed Murphy to go to a mental health facility. Sheriff Singleton said dealing with mental health, and the lack of facilities, is a statewide threat.

"Dealing with the mentally ill in our community is becoming more and more of a challenge for law enforcement," Sheriff Singleton said.

It's been nearly a week since the shootout. But, he's not phased.

"I'm ready to go serve the people of Lauderdale County," McCrary said.

McCrary thanked all those who stood by his side following the incident. But, he said the Man upstairs deserves the credit.

"First of all it's just the power of God to get me where I'm at," McCrary said.

"Randall's a strong person, a strong Christian, and I know his faith has really played a big part in getting him to this point," Sheriff Singleton added. "We're anxious to get him back to work."

McCrary is excited to return to work, but he asks for prayers for his wife and family. It's understandably a different story watching him walk out the door now.

McCrary said he especially thanks the quick work of Florence Police in caring for him on the scene.

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