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LISMAN, Ala. A Choctaw County sheriff's deputy attempting to quell a domestic dispute was doused with gasoline and set afire by a man outside a rural home, leaving both men with critical burn injuries.

Sheriff Don Lolley said 30-year-old Deputy Clifton Spears underwent surgery at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, and is listed in critical condition today. He suffered third-degree burns to his face, chest, arms and lungs.

Spears was taken to a hospital in Meridian, Mississippi, before being airlifted to Georgia.

The alleged attacker, 53-year-old Sherry Tyrone Rodgers is also listed in critical condition today at University Hospital in Birmingham.

Deputy Maurice Fitch also had burns, but his injuries were minor. He was treated at a hospital and released.

Lolley said the incident happened Monday night when Spears and Fitch went to the residence on a complaint that Rodgers had threatened to burn the house he shared with his 98-year-old grandmother. The sheriff said Rodgers was apparently upset over a teenager who was not present.

Lolley said no charges were immediately filed. He also said Rodgers has a history of domestic disputes.

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