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FAYETTEVILLE, TN (WAFF) -
WAFF 48 News is learning more about Fayetteville Officer, Justin Raby who was struck by bullet fragments during a police chase.
All things considered, we're told Officer Raby, or "Gus" as his fellow officers call him, is doing very well. This is after facing several rounds from an AK-47.
The 21-year-old, who has been on the Fayetteville force a year and a half, got the call about 50 minutes after the Citgo robbery. Lincoln County deputies had lost track of the suspect.
Raby and Sgt. Johnny Simmons caught up with Joseph Shriver at Highway 110 and Old Huntsville Road. They laid low and followed him in the dark for a couple miles, then hit the blue lights near the Kirkland community.
After a short chase, investigators said Shriver stopped in the middle of 110, got out, and opened fire. Officer Raby jumped into his patrol car for cover but got hit by shrapnel and glass in his left shoulder. Sgt Simmons returned fire, Shriver drove off, and eventually ran off the road into the mud, and Madison County SWAT arrested him.
Fayetteville Police officers said Raby is resting at home, feeling blessed to be alive.
"I've talked to him. He seems to be doing fine. He seems to be in high spirits. He feels lucky. He knows that he's lucky. But, you know, at the same time, he was proud to be out doing his job and serving his community," said Lt. Joel Massey with Fayetteville Police Department.
Officials tell us Officer Raby is going to take just a couple of days off before heading back to work.