COPY-Choctaw Co. sheriff's deputy, man suffer serious burns in altercation

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.___Information from: Press-Register

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