A Crisp County, Georgia sheriff's deputy, Steven Rankin, 25 was seriously wounded when he was shot in the face during a traffic stop. Rankin pulled career criminal Ben Westbrook, 32 over at 1:47 a.m. on February 4, 2006 for loud music and erratic driving.
Deputy Rankin lost about 70 percent of his upper right jawbone and several teeth in the shooting and he's already had several surgeries to repair the damage to his face. Deputy Rankin still has additional surgeries planned to repair the injuries. Today he’s on light duty.
According to court documents, Westbrook plead guilty to nine charges, including aggravated assault, aggravated battery, obstruction of an officer, removal of the firearm of a law officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm near a public highway, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, attempting to elude officers and driving with a suspended license.
This is yet another fine example of how out nations 22,000 gun laws has absolutely no effect on anyone but the law abiding.
Watch the disturbing video taken by the dashboard camera on Rankin’s patrol car.